The Only Successful New Year’s Resolution

It’s a noble tradition, a sincere attempt at making our lives better. Every year, just before January 1, we start hearing the “R” word. The word that fails in it’s attempt to bring visions of meaningful change, as it perennially promises. Instead, the “R” word reminds me of all the promises I’ve made that I couldn’t keep. The “R” word, of course, being… Resolution.

I haven’t officially made New Year’s Resolutions in years, but let’s not fool ourselves. Goals, Aims, Changes, whatever we call them – they are resolutions, aren’t they? If we put all the Resolutions (or insert your preferred term here) in columns according to the ones we successfully kept, and the ones we well-meaningly broke, what would yours look like? Mine would be pretty lop-sided.

Let’s take a popular resolution: to make/save more money. It’s a noble goal, to become a better steward of what God has given us. And goals aren’t bad, are they? Of course not. But just what if God has a different plan. Say He wants to teach me about praising Him in all circumstances, and to show His glory by providing for me when I couldn’t possibly do it on my own. (please don’t do that, Lord) What then? Was I unsuccessful in my resolution?

What ever God has in store for me this year, I know there is only one resolution God wants me to make.

As I was searching for a new design inspiration this year, my friend Lessa and I were looking through images. I was drawn to the tree, something about it felt right. Then God led me to the scripture I used as the tagline, John 15:5:

I am the vine, you are the branches, if a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit.

So my resolution this year is to remain grafted into the vine, my Savior Jesus. No matter what else I do, I know that if I am in Him, I will bear fruit- the fruit HE wants me to bear. Not neccessarily the fruit I think I should bear.

However, there is one more part of that verse, which is the key to success, even in staying “in Him.”

“Apart from Me, you can do nothing.”

So that’s it. I can’t even stay grafted to the vine in my own strength! Does that seem discouraging to you? Not me… no, it gives me great freedom! Because our God is all powerful, totally faithful and good! I will give Him praise every day, listen to His voice deep in my spirit, and if I don’t understand, I will ask Him.

Does that mean I don’t have other goals? No, it’s important to challenge ourselves, but I will always preface my goals, with, “Lead me Lord, I will follow”

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I'm a mom, blogger, vlogger, libertarian. I love Jesus, and my husband, too. Social Media Strategist for a Non-Profit (All statements here are solely my own)


  1. Sarah-
    Wonderful post—thanks so much for the reminder to keep our eyes fixed on the One who is loving, kind and good—in His hand we can’t be removed! Beautiful!
    Happy New Year to you and your family 😉


  2. Angela Moore says:

    Absolutely wonderful! Thanks so much for posting this as a good reminder of what’s truly important this year.


  3. Stephanie's Mommy Brain says:

    Great post. It’s so hard to trust God with my dreams and goals. But his ways always turn out much better than mine.


  4. Hey Sarah, I was just sitting here with Greg and decided to show him your girls on the Christmas video. We have decided that your littlest one is the anarchist of the family! They’re so cute!


  5. well said, sarah, well said.


  6. Anonymous says:

    We must be willing to get rid of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.–Joseph Campbell


  7. I just found your blog…love it!! That is perfect. Looking back (way back) did you think this is where we would be now?? He always did, He knew back then…was teaching us, getting us ready for this moment. It still amazes me!!
    I’ll have to go back and read more!


  8. Lisa @ Stop and Smell the Chocolates says:

    Excellent! The best resolution of all!


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