My New Year’s resolutions are beginning to fade. For the great diarist Samuel Pepys, however, they were serious business. He wrote: “At my office till twelve at night, making my solemn vows for the next year…, but I fear I have a little too severely bound myself in some things and in too many, for I fear I may forget some. But however, I… shall by the blessing of God observe to perform or pay my forfeits punctually.” Eccl. 5:4: “When you make a vow to God, do not delay in paying it. For God takes no pleasure in fools: Pay what you vow!” (Eccl. 5:4) Let’s make fewer resolutions and make them stick.