With the celebration of the new year comes an examination. Is there anything I need to change in my lifestyle, habits, or perspective so that I live to my full potential? This question is otherwise known as "New Year's resolutions."
I saw some statistics on New Year's resolutions. Did you know that 38.5% of adults in the U.S. set New Year’s resolutions every year? 48% of those people want to exercise more. 23% quit in the first week. Only 36% make it past the first month. All in all, only 9% of 38.5% successfully keep their resolution. That means that 3.5% of people who set out to develop new habits and change are successful in doing so.
Resolving to change something in ourselves doesn't typically work. For those who set these kinds of goals, how are we incorporating God's grace into the process? Are we working on it in our own strength, or have we sought direction or healing from the Holy Spirit? How does our faith impact the process of breaking old habits and developing new ones?
I believe there is wisdom to be gained from the Twelve Step process. The first step is an admission of powerlessness over the challenge we face. The other steps follow.
For those working on change this year, may your faith and dependence on God be your support and strength as you follow through.
Rev. Dr. Jennifer Bales
Director of Communications
Presbytery of San Jose