Resolutions That Stick

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Resolutions That Stick

January 1…

A new calendar year, the beginning of tax season, the end of the holidays, and those pesky New Year’s Resolutions! Have you ever said one of these things before?

“This is my year to run that marathon!”
“I’ll finally start eating clean!”
“I’ll spend less time on social media!”
How’d it work out?

Great intentions. Not so great results.

More often than not, we start our year with ambition and gusto, but our energy and interest tank by February. I just read that of the people that make New Year’s resolutions, only 8 percent actually fulfill them!

I have a theory: While resolutions can be healthy, most that I’ve heard focus on “self.” So what if, instead, we make our resolutions about someone else?

Resolutions to serve the homeless.

I’ve worked at Wheeler Mission for nearly three decades, and I love inviting my friends, family, and greater community to step in and experience what God does here. Would you commit to make 2019 a year to serve your homeless neighbors?

The homeless within our communities are in desperate need of advocates and friends. And I know you already care for them—you wouldn’t read my blog if you didn’t! But if you’re stuck on how to actually do something, here are my suggestions:

  1. Resolve to Pray

Pray every day. Homelessness and addiction are battles of the body and soul. Approach the Father on behalf of Wheeler Mission and the guests we serve. We send out regular prayer requests. If you’d like to receive them, email

  1. Resolve to Educate

Many people don’t serve or give because they simply don’t know. Champion Wheeler Mission by educating people in your network. Share our Facebook and blog posts on your own personal page. Or invite a Wheeler representative to come speak to your church group, place of employment, or neighborhood Bible study.

  1. Resolve to Serve

I don’t know anywhere better to volunteer than Wheeler Mission. You can come with your family, colleagues, and peers. You can serve once or daily. But what’s truly special is that each position is designed to equip each volunteer to be the hands and feet of Jesus. You WILL make a difference. Your service WILL matter. And you’ll never be the same.

  1. Resolve to Give

Wheeler Mission exists because of the generosity of individuals like you. We receive no government funding, so for the past 125 years, we serve because people give. When you donate, you provide food, shelter, and life transforming care for men, women, and children who have nothing left.

So, how does that sound? Will you join me and make 2019 the year you dedicate to homeless men, women, and children? If you do, I have a feeling you’ll see this resolution through.

Wishing you a happy New Year,

Rick Alvis

P.S. I’d love to hear which resolution you picked. Share this blog on Facebook, X, or Instagram, and share your 2019 resolution with your friends. And be sure to tag Wheeler (@WheeerMission)!