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Each day is filled with countless choices we could make. And while there’s freedom here, we can easily end up doing nothing when everything is on the table. Resolving within ourselves to commit to certain decisions help to focus our time and attention to accomplish the good we seek to do.

Of course, we shouldn’t say we’re going to do something we have no intentions on seeing through to the end. At the same time, our resolutions don’t demand perfection, only a good faith effort to honor our commitment to try.

For instance, we might resolve to exercise more and eat healthier. Or perhaps it’s to expand our minds or to be more intentional in our relationships and life of faith. Whatever it looks like, a resolution is our determination to move toward the realization of our vision and goals.

And, in this way, it’s similar to our marriage vows in that it gives us an ideal to live up to. Marriage should not wait on our ability to be a perfect husband, as honoring our vows doesn’t require perfection per se. But it does demand we remain faithful in our practice of love. And our vow keeps this standard always in front of us.

Likewise, our resolutions articulate the ideals we seek to move toward in our life and relationships. And falling short from time to time is not sufficient reason to give up the standard or to otherwise withhold our commitment to keep pressing toward the mark.

We’re prone to drift aimlessly without some resolution of the good we want to see accomplished in our life.

In the end, don’t let the fear of failure keep you from making meaningful resolutions throughout your life and relationships. Be resolved time and time again as often as necessary to consistently move toward the good God has for you.

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Dr. Corey Carlisle

Licensed marriage and family therapist and certified sex therapist - providing Christian counseling and soul care to individuals and couples, with a special emphasis on developing the masculine soul. Suwanee, GA 30024

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