No spiritual resolution can be fulfilled without a plan. Time to make one. Here’s how.
Editor’s Note | Alexis Brooks
Just like clockwork, every 365 days or so we gear up to draft our New Year’s resolutions.
Lose weight, quit smoking, get a better job, partner, et al.
And invariably roughly 364 or so days later we’ve discovered the resolutions have largely gone unfulfilled.
In fact, according to US News and World Report, roughly 80 percent of the most well intentioned resolutions fail. No surprise.
But just how are we going about resolving to achieve that ever present to do list and moreover, are we understanding what resolution truly means?
Upon a bit of re-flection, it dawned on me: the true meaning of resolution (re-solution) is realizing that you’ve had the solution all along, particularly when your plan includes a spiritual focus.
Regardless of your aim, just like your spirit, the solution lives within. But if so, then how do we tap it?
Our own Reverend Michael JS Carter shares his in-sight on how to accomplish the plan once and for all, and yes, it’s much easier than you think!
We’ve arrived! 2021. The majority of folks that I have heard from or spoken to are saying that this new year could not arrive fast enough and 2021 will sure will offer new opportunities, and yes, new resolutions.
So, with that said, what is your spiritual plan (aka resolution) for this new year? Do you have a clear vision about where you are headed spiritually? Do you know where you want to be? Do you know how to get there? Do you know how to achieve the spiritual stamina required to move ahead in the world? You certainly cannot have one without the other! No measure of sustainable success can exist without spiritual backbone?
But how is it achieved. Maintained?
Have you ever given due thought to these kinds of questions? Perhaps it’s time to resolve to inquire!
A spiritual plan is a statement of clear intention about what you desire to experience within yourself and a clear definition of what you must do to make it happen. A spiritual plan is not only about prayer, meditation and contemplation; it is about action – what you will and will not do. What you can and cannot do, in order to achieve your spiritual goal or goals.
A spiritual plan requires you to take an in-depth and honest look at where you are and to make an accurate assessment of how you arrived there – with or without the reality of a virus, by the way. This goes a bit deeper than making a New Year’s resolution.
After making this assessment, you must determine if this is where you want to be, and if not, what must you do to eliminate or incorporate, in order to move forward.
These examinations and “resolutions” must be made by yourself, with yourself, and for yourself. And if you are serious, you will not only write them down, you will speak them aloud. You must believe in yourself and your goals so as to manifest them so that “…the word that proceeds from my mouth shall not return to me void, but it shall accomplish what I please and achieve the purpose for which I have sent it.” ( Isaiah 55:11).
So in this New Year, be devoted to examining what you are going through and planning how you want to go through it. If you want to make your journey worthwhile, you must have a plan.
Resolve to get to it!