Promises, Promises - The One Year Father-Daughter Devotions
Welcome to a new year. Woo-hoo! Time for new beginnings, new calendars, and new promises. Some people call them New Year’s resolutions. And they’re not such a bad idea. Sometimes they inspire people to try new things, learn a new skill, create new habits, or develop new disciplines. But many, many times these promises are quickly broken, disappointing the promise makers until they forget about it. One researcher found that about eight out of every ten people who make New Year’s resolutions break them before the month is over. Time magazine once published a list of the most commonly broken resolutions, which included
- lose weight and get fit;
- eat healthier and diet;
- get out of debt and save money;
- spend more time with family;
- be less stressed; and
Sounds like a good list of promises. So why do many people break them? The most common reason for failure is that people think too much about failing. Weird, huh? By focusing on the consequences of failing, instead of looking at the benefits of success, people fail. In addition, most people try to accomplish these goals through individual effort. They don’t pull in a friend to help, and they don’t rely on God.
Jesus made an important point about our futures and our promises. In Matthew 6, he ends with these words: “Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries.”
Today might be the start of a new year filled with new resolutions for you and your dad. If so, that’s terrific! Pray that this year will draw the two of you closer to God and each other. Just remember that seeking God is not just a resolution . . . it’s a lifelong pursuit. Go for it together!
Does your family make resolutions? Talk together about some things you would like to achieve this year. Figure out how you might work together and encourage each other in those pursuits.
Now look at your list of resolutions and see how it compares to Matthew 6:33-34. Are there any resolutions you could make that are more important than seeking God this year? Make a plan on how you’ll grow closer to him. (This book can help!) And don’t forget to ask God to help you both.
What’s The Word?
Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today. Matthew 6:33-34