This time every year, it seems like second nature for us to examine our lives and determine where we could have improved or on the accomplishments we've achieved. At the same time, it seems customary to make resolutions for the next year! While this is fine and there's no problem in setting a goal for the next year, it also seems like human nature for us to recant or break the resolution resulting in the infinite circle of repetition. During the course of the next several months and finally ending with the reflection of that year, the new year begins in the same method as before...
So what causes this distraction from our resolutions? While this question poses many different answers which invariably are subjective, I propose a simple answer regarding the Christian's life- loss of focus. The author of Hebrews begins Chapter 12 with the following words: "Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, (2) Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith: who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God." However, it is vital to recall the proceeding chapter; the previous chapter describes a portion of the "witnesses" and how they lived their lives while running their race here below. It claims, they walked by faith!
So in conclusion, two things appear to be the key for a successful Christian walk this next year, (1) running our own race in faith (see what true faith is here) and (2) keeping our eyes on CHRIST! By fixing our gait on Him, He can work His will through our life thus we are hid in Him and He lives His life through US! This simple yet complex philosophy is poured over in the writings of the Apostle Paul quite frequently. So in conclusion, the reason why we, or should I say, I, veer from the resolutions I set is simple. I allow my eyes to be pulled from God and protect the besetting secret sin which deters me from living the life of Christ! As for the unsaved soul, who still muddles around in blindness, desperately seeking peace, they are but prisoner to their sin! They do not have a besetting sin, but rather all of their sin besets them from Christ! Only At The Cross can they cast off the shackles of their sin at Jesus' feet and begin life!
I pray that this year is both righteously filled and prosperous even as your soul prospers! God Bless You!