Do you dread the thought of making another New Year’s resolution? Does it conjure up feelings of failure or inadequacy due to unsuccessful attempts to stick with it in previous years? If that is you, you are not alone.
The apostle Paul tells us in Romans 7 about his internal struggle with doing what is good. He is brutally honest in his letter to the Romans, admitting that he does not have the power to do good on his own. “I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out.” (Romans 7:18)
That is often where we find ourselves when we enter into recovery. We don’t have to hit a bottom or be strung out on alcohol or drugs, as is often the perception. We just have to be at a place where we are tired of trying harder or tired of trying to do life on our own terms. We come to a place where we realize that God wants to help us get unstuck and break through whatever issues (click link for a list of common struggles participants address at CR) is holding us back from being what He has called us to be. We have to let go of our self-sufficiency; and it isn’t easy.
There are many reasons that New Year’s resolutions fail. When they do, we give up and often turn to self-condemnation. But there is a better way to change your behaviors. It is by inviting God into the process. That doesn’t mean praying harder. It means we need to partner with God and others who are also making transformational life changes. Failing to do so is one of the major reasons that our resolutions fail.
Proverbs 15:22 tells us, “Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.” In Celebrate Recovery, we are surrounded by others who are dealing with life’s challenges. We serve as an encouragement to each other. Many have been on this journey for a long time and have much experience and wisdom to share. It has become a way of life to them—a way that continues to transform them from the inside out.
Paul ends his discourse on his internal struggle with these words, “Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!” (Romans 7:25) Paul knew from where the Power to overcome was based.
So don’t let your 2014 resolutions fail. It is a New Year. God is calling you to a New Way. A New You is waiting for you at Celebrate Recovery.
Please join us for our special 6th anniversary event on Monday, January 13th. Our celebration starts with a free catered dinner served at 6PM. The meeting starts at 7PM with our rocking live music performed by “The Rag Band”, followed by a powerful testimony from a long-time participant.*
Don’t miss your chance to see how Celebrate Recovery can make a difference in your life in 2014!
*If you don’t live locally in the eastside suburbs of Seattle, check out the CR group finder to locate a Celebrate Recovery program near you.
Contributed by a leader at Celebrate Recovery on the Plateau.