The Problem With New Year’s Resolutions and Decade-Long Church Plans

Bill Ward
Bill Ward
Innovation has more room to breathe when we’re operating within God’s seasons instead of on our schedules.

God doesn’t work on our calendar.

He created days, weeks, months, seasons and years. Those are real things.

People designed minutes, hours, decades and New Year’s Day on January 1. Those are made up things.

That’s why I don’t trust New Year’s resolutions or decade-long church plans.

What are the odds that God’s plans for my life, my church or my denomination will match our artificial calendar?

God’s Plans Seldom Start on January 1

For years I tried to do what I saw virtually every other church leader doing. I assessed my church one year at a time, starting new plans in January.

But reality kept interfering. I’d make a plan for January through December, convince myself and my congregation it was from the Lord, then God would speak something special into my heart in March. But I couldn’t implement it because I’d already told the church that God had spoken a plan for the calendar year.

How would it look if God changed his mind two-and-a-half months in?

That doesn’t mean it’s wrong to use the turn of the calendar to remind us about the need for planning, or to launch a fresh theme for an upcoming year. And there’s a lot to be said for the balance that comes with planning church events and preaching on an annual basis.

But we need to avoid the temptation to add “God said it” to our ideas and schedules – as good as they may be.

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SOURCE: Christianity Today