Michel: Inspiration, journaling keeping resolutions going

Published 12:01 am Saturday, January 20, 2018

According to the website Static Brain, by this point in the year, 31.6 percent of Americans have given up on their New Year’s resolutions.

Additionally, only 16.3 percent of the population over 50 (that’s me) will achieve their resolutions. While I’ve failed miserably in the past with regards to resolutions, I have a good feeling about this year.

Before 2017 ended, I asked God for one word that would be my theme for 2018.

On the morning of Jan. 1, as soon as I woke up, three words filled my heart. That morning, and every morning since, I’ve spent a few minutes journaling with those three topics.

The first word is Worship. I spend a few minutes writing out the love and honor I have for God.

Sometimes I write the lyrics of a song, a Psalm or one of the attributes of God that has been the focus of my thoughts. (And recently I thanked God that even though our pipes froze, they didn’t break.)

Next, I write, Word. As I read the Bible there is usually one part of the scripture that resonates with me by addressing something I’m going through, or gives me a thought on which to mediate.

I record the verse, then add my thoughts, or ways the scripture applies to me.

Finally, there is Warfare.

I know – that’s a heavy word. But the Bible is clear in Ephesians 6:12. “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”

Before leaving my house each day, I pray for God’s will to be established in the earth.

Journaling with this strategy is finally a resolution I think I can keep.

Ronny Michel may be reached at rmichel@rtconline.com.