It’s the same story every year. I kick off the new year with big dreams and great resolutions, and each time I neglect to follow through. Then Lent rolls around and I revisit my resolutions and implement them as part of my Lenten plan. Inevitably, I actually do a fantastic job of keeping them this second time.

So what’s different? Do I mature a great deal between December and February? Not appreciably, no, and certainly not every time. Is it because Lent is just 40 days? Perhaps that’s part of it, but these are good habits that I keep going long after Easter arrives. Am I more realistic in my goals at this reset point? Actually, they’re more intense because I’ve added some Lenten sacrifice elements to the original set. So what is the difference?

The difference is God. At the start of the year, I try to take on big things all by myself. During Lent, I incorporate prayer and rely on God’s strength and grace to make big changes in my life. That makes all the difference in the world.

So next time you’re setting goals, involve God and faith in the process. Even for the goals that aren’t spiritual per se, let God be involved in your entire life. Trust me, you’ll be amazed by the results! When things are going well and you’re making great progress, thank God and ask for His continued guidance and aid. He wants to be a big part of your life, during the good times as well as the bad. Let today be the starting point for a new perspective on life, one that is centered on God and filled with His super abundant grace.  Don’t just take my word for it, it’s right there in the Bible.

“I can do all things in Him who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13

“Ask, and it will be given you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For the one who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.” Matthew 7:7-8