New Year’s Resolution: Do Not Resolve

2 comments Posted on December 29, 2014

New Yearby Dianne Barker

Yikes! A new year begins! Like many folks, I used to approach a new year by preparing a list of practical resolutions.

  1. Organize basement.
  2. Lose twenty pounds.
  3. Strive to be punctual.

I’d also set worthy goals to change my inner life and deepen my relationship with God.

  1. Keep a consistent daily meeting with God.
  2. Memorize one Scripture verse each week.
  3. Practice kindness.
  4. Become more patient.
  5. Respond to irritation with love.

Changing habits required more elbow grease than expected, and most projects soon fell aside…until the beginning of another year prompted me to pull out paper, pen, and polishing cloth.

CabbagesI’d still be caught in that frustrating cycle of trying and failing and trying again, but I’ve given up.

It’s just no use. I can’t do it. None of my elaborate plans ever succeeded. Where did I get the idea I could enact change anyway? Certainly not from Scripture, which speaks repeatedly of my weakness and God’s strength, my frailty and his power, my deficiency and his sufficiency.

I need an internal renovation—the work of the Creator.

I give up. No more resolutions—only choices for each day: to commit my way to the Lord and trust in Him; to rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him (see Psalm 37:5, 7).

Life has been an amazing adventure since I gave up.

Dianne BarkerDianne Barker is a conference speaker, freelance journalist, radio host, and author of eleven books, including the best-selling Twice Pardoned (life of Harold Morris). I Don’t Chase the Garbage Truck Down the Street in My Bathrobe Anymore! Organizing for the Maximum Life, won the Christian Authors Network 2014 Golden Scrolls third-place award for non-fiction book of the year. This post is adapted from Cabbages and Kings—Reflections on Living Abundantly in Christ. A member of Christian Authors Network and Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, Dianne hosts “At the Library” on the Christian radio station WHCB 91.5 FM, Bristol, Tennessee, Saturdays at 3:30 p.m. EST For more, visit


  • 12/29/2014
    Davalynn Spencer said:

    Love your decision. Same as mine!

  • 01/02/2015
    Andrea Sharp said:

    Yes, Yes Dianne! Thank you for the freedom of saying NO to setting New Year’s resolutions! 🙂 One day at a time, sweet Jesus is the motto I want to strive for each day! With Him anything is possible. So thankful we have a Savior who understands our weaknesses! 🙂


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