I Resolve - The One Year Devotions for Kids #3

I Resolve

Psalm 28:6-9

“Christopher,” called Mom, “please go out and shovel the walk before Grandma and Grandpa come.”

“Just a minute,” replied Christopher. He continued to read over his list of New Year’s resolutions. I resolve to do my chores without grumbling. I resolve to obey promptly. I resolve not to quarrel with . . .

“Christopher!” called Mom a second time. At the third call, he finally got to his feet, pulled on his coat, and went out to get the shovel.

“Don’t see why I always get stuck with the shoveling,” he muttered unhappily. He finished the job just as his sister came out to play. “Oh, now you come out, when the work is all done,” he said. “You could’ve helped!”

“Why should I? It’s your job,” she retorted. She climbed the snowbank at the side of the walk and slid down.

“Hey!” shrieked Christopher. “You’re messing up the walk again!” He threatened to hit her with a snowball, but just then their grandparents arrived, and he greeted them with a big grin.

Later that day Christopher brought out his list of resolutions. “Want to see my New Year’s resolutions, Grandma?” he asked.

“So you’ve made resolutions, have you?” asked Grandma. She looked them over. “And how are you doing? Have you kept them so far?”

Christopher was startled. He knew he hadn’t. He had grumbled about his chores, he hadn’t obeyed promptly, and he had quarreled with his sister. Oh, what’s the use? he thought as he admitted to his grandmother that already—before even one day of the new year had passed—he had broken his resolutions.

“Let’s see now,” said Grandma. “How does each of your resolutions begin?”

“Well,” said Christopher, “they say, ‘I resolve . . .’”

“Whoa!” exclaimed Grandma. “There’s your trouble. The big ‘I.’ You’re trying to do these things in your own strength, and you can’t. You need the strength of the Lord to help you. He’ll help if you’ll ask him.”

How about You?

Have you made resolutions? Wanting to improve is good, but resolving to do it is not always enough. If you are a Christian, you have a source of strength always available to you. Ask God to help you. He will.


“Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you. I will help you. I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.” Isaiah 41:10

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