It’s that time of the year again. The holidays are over, the fun is winding down. Your New Year’s resolutions, which looked so appealing on the other side of January 1st, now seem much harder. You made them, but now it’s time to see if they stay made.
There is a multitude of suggestions out there on how to follow through with your goals: write it down, schedule things in advance, ask your friends to hold you accountable, hide the chocolate. The list goes on. But there is one thing that might just work better than any others. Take your goals and your New Years Resolutions to Heavenly Father.
When Alma the Younger gathered his sons together and gave them counsel, he told Helaman to turn to the Lord for any support he would need. “Yea, and cry unto God for all thy support; yea, let all thy doings be unto the Lord… Counsel with the Lord in all thy doings, and he will direct thee for good.”
Much like Alma’s advice to Helaman, we have been counseled to turn to the Heavenly Father for many things. We pray for guidance, strength, knowledge, understanding. Applying that principle to your goals for the year doesn’t have to be any different. You can pray to be able to accomplish the things you want to.
So next time you kneel to pray, whether alone or as a family, tell the Father about your goals. Ask for the help that you need to accomplish them. We have promised that if we ask we will receive. Heavenly Father will bless you and help you. You will be able to say as Paul did when he wrote to the Philippians, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”
Tyler Nelson grew up in Brigham City, Utah. After serving a mission to Samara, Russia, he graduated from Utah Valley University with a degree in Creative Writing. Tyler is the author of several short stories, including first place in Warp and Weave at UVU. He lives in Provo with his drop-dead gorgeous wife and enjoys playing basketball, playing the banjo, studying history, and collecting Pokemon cards.