It's December 20, and time for pondering the foregoing year.
People often make resolutions in the new year to do things better than they did in the year before.
The truth is, few of us do.
We just go on day by day living our lives and we are accustomed to doing, and, although change is inevitable, we rarely initiate it on our own.
We are creatures of habit, it seems, and when some of those habits are not good ones it is difficult, if not impossible, to change them for the better.
Unless we have outside help, that is.
Many people turn to support groups to enlist the aid of others in changing their bad habits. SparkPeople is a great example of that - a place where others with a similar problem can converge to help and encourage each other.
Still others may join a health club in hopes that just being there will bring about a change they desire but have been unsuccessful in bringing about on their own.
Some distract themselves with television or turn to a hobby in hopes of bypassing their habitual urge. Interestingly enough, eating is a favorite choice of many to distract themselves from the fact that they are significantly overweight. Obviously, this only exacerbates the situation. I put myself in this category.
But I KNOW the only true change comes from within.
As a counselor, I have often helped people to manage uncomfortable feelings and their perception of stress in order to clear the way for change. These are important issues for human beings to confront.
But as a Christian, I know that only with the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit can I effectively throw off "everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles" (Hebrews 12:1) and make next year a better one than this year was.