Monday, March 2, 2020

Broken Promises

By David Bragg

   Various studies support the following statistics. Twenty-five percent of New Year’s resolutions are broken during the first week of January. Nearly seventy percent are cast aside before February comes. Only a precious few (8%) survive to the end of December. And the saddest part is that no one will likely notice that a resolution has been broken. The exception is keeping your New Year’s promise. Resolutions may be frivolously made and just as easily broken. Failure is not taken as that serious.
   This is a sure sign that the resolution was too vague. A resolution that can be broken without concern or consequence is meaningless. Perhaps that’s why the Bible talks about commitment rather than resolutions. A commitment counts. When you fail to keep a commitment it is a real failure.
   We should have clear goals set before us as we begin this New Year. Those goals will help us keep focused each day. They will help us to maintain our commitment to God, made not on January 1st but at the waters of baptism. That, in the big scheme of things, is a promise that matters. Happy New Year!

- David Bragg serves as one of the ministers at the Northwest Church of Christ in Greensboro, NC and is co-editor of BulletinGold. He may be contacted through the congregation's website: or his blog:

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