, Corbin, KY

January 27, 2014

Don’t tackle your New Year’s resolutions alone

The Times-Tribune

CORBIN — Here we are at the last weekend of January.

It is hard to believe the first month of 2014 is nearly in the books.

But as the month of January is winding down, I wonder how many folks made New Year’s resolutions. And I also wonder how many folks are still sticking to those resolutions.

I normally don’t make New Year’s resolutions but for this year I went with one of the most popular — getting back in the gym.

Leading up to our wedding, my wife and I were pretty dedicated members of the Corbin Rec Center. But since then, I could probably count on one hand the number of times I’ve been back there.

And when the doctor tells you that you need to find some form of exercise to avoid being on medication the rest of your life, it’s a pretty good incentive to follow through.

But maybe your resolution was something different.

The New Year is a time to make resolutions but it’s also a great time to have revival and be renewed.

Maybe you feel like you have become disconnected from God this past year.

I can’t think of a better way to start 2014 than to grow closer to Him.

And perhaps that was your resolution for this year but you’ve already fallen back to your old ways.

One reason resolutions are so hard to keep is we often feel like we can’t do it alone.

We try hard at first but when we hit one bump in the road, we give up.

Well, when it comes to growing closer to Christ and doing what He wants us to do, you don’t have to go at it alone, and you shouldn’t be going at it alone.

Romans 8:7 tells us, “For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannot.”

When we set resolutions or goals and assume we have the strength alone to accomplish them, then we will ultimately fail. Far too often we take on the world and forget to ask God for guidance thinking we can handle everything on our own.

This is not the way God wants us to think, and shouldn’t be the way we think.

We have a God who listens and is capable of helping us accomplish anything in His will if we just come to Him and learn to trust Him.

God does not want us to take on the world by ourselves. He wants us to bring all of our problems — big or small — to Him.

Phillippians 4:6 says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.”

Setting goals and resolutions for a new year can be a great way to have renewal and revival in our lives. But before we dive in assuming we can handle it all on our own, let’s make 2014 the year we let God be the true Lord of our lives.

Brad Hall is the nighttime editor for the Times-Tribune. He can be reached at You can also visit his blog at