Many of us have made promises to ourselves to do many things during 2015. Some have made pledges such as I'm going to save more, exercise more, or spend less time on the Internet or Telephone. We began 2015 with good intentions, but before long old habits tempt us to take up our old ways. We slip up occasionally, then more frequently, and then all the time. Finally, it is as if our promises never exist.

Instead of choosing our own self-improvement goals, a better approach might be to ask ourselves: "What does the Lord desire of me?