New Year’s Resolutions
2018 is just starting and just like you, many people have made New Year resolutions with optimism and dedication to fulfill their promise to themselves. In earnest, everyone wants to finish the goal they have set. Of course some are realistic and some are outlandish.
As the holidays wound down we have a tendency to look back at the past year. Sometimes there’s satisfaction, regret, happiness or, relief from surviving another year. People love to be optimistic. I never have heard anyone say, “I really enjoy being around Joe-Bob because he’s so negative about everything…always!” So people are naturally drawn to someone that’s optimistic, and an optimistic person makes these New Year’s resolutions. Of course some of these resolutions succeed, some fall apart by January 21st or even some only last until January 3rd.
You know the usual resolutions; I’ve eaten too much during the holidays so I’m going diet because I’m fat! Which leads to the second New Year’s resolution. Because I’ve gained so much weight and fat, because I ate too much, I’m joining the local health fitness facility, commonly known as a gym, to lose those excess pounds. Since I’m going to the gym I will lose weight, be in shape and look good in my clothes to! Also I’m going to save money, because I’m eating less and spending time at the gym getting into shape.
The optimist always sees the benefits of their New Year resolutions. Some make it only a few days, some a month or some even succeed. But these New Year’s resolutions are for personal gain. Have you sat down and thought about making any spiritual New Year’s resolutions to God? These resolutions are praying, going to church, reading your bible, or serving the Lord faithfully.
One New Year’s resolution you can do today is start reading your bible daily. Once you start it will become a positive daily habit. Look at it this way, you eat every day because you need food to survive. You go a few days without food and you will become weaker. Just like food to survive we need spiritual food to survive our daily struggles in life. Now going to church once a week and only opening your Bible is not enough spiritual food. Do you only eat on Monday morning and that’s it for the whole week? No of course not, because you will become hungry and then you’ll be heading to the drive through at McDonald’s to get that Big Mac meal.
Hebrews 5:12-14 sums up what it says about reading your bible daily:
“For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the basic elements of the oracles of God. You need milk, not solid food; for everyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is unskilled in the word of righteousness. But solid food is for the mature, for those whose faculties have been trained by practice to distinguish good from evil.”
Today make a spiritual resolution for 2018 for God. Start with one and go forward from there. I guarantee it will a positive impact on your daily life, your relationship with God and the rest of the year that is life changing.