We are now into a new year. Most of the time people will make New Years resolutions. I’m not the kind of person that makes resolutions. There are many who will look at the new year as a way of starting over . I know many who are using the new year as a means to overcome a bad habit such as smoking, over-eating, save money, more family time, or to make an improvement in their lives. It’s different depending on the person who is wanting to change. Losing weight is the top resolution according to the polls.
Q. What Does the Bible Say About New Years Resolutions?
A. ( source, Billy Graham Website) The Bible doesn’t mention making resolutions at the beginning of a new year–but it does urge us to examine our lives regularly, and to seek God’s help to become better persons every day. The Bible says, “Let us examine our ways and test them, and let us return to the Lord” (Lamentations 3:40).
- 2 Corinthians 5:17, Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!
One of the main New Year’s resolution’s that I have made in the past and many Christians are also planning on doing this is the plan to read the entire Bible. Reading the entire Bible in a year shouldn’t be just a yearly thing, the Bible should be read daily, every year.
Every now and then, when I decided I should make a New Year’s resolution, I feel like I have failed because in just a few weeks it is broken. Most of the people I have talked to have done the same thing. I usually made them with good intentions, but for the most time, my resolutions were met with failure.
The whole idea of making a New Year’s resolution actually confuses my brain a bit. The reason I say that is that we should be striving to do better each and every day, not just on New Years. Instead of doing my once a year looking back, I should be doing that each and every day. Each morning when I wake up, it is a new day and a perfect time to do the best person I can be. I don’t need to wait till a new year happens.
Two thousand sixteen wasn’t the best year for me. My plan /goal is to look ahead as I reflect and think about the past. It is a good opportunity to stop and think about the choices I have made. One of the questions I need to ask myself is, “Who am I and am I doing what God has instructed me to do?” Am I spending my time the way that Jesus Christ has instructed me to do?
As I consider the kind of resolution or change I would make, I would have to say that I would hope that whatever it is that I do that others would be able to see what Jesus Christ has done in my life. I would also want to make it a point to share the good news about Jesus and what He has done in my life.
New Year’s Prayer : My prayer for this coming year and my prayer for others is that I hope and pray that God’s Words will change my heart and others. Each day I want to be sure to remember that Jesus Christ is in control of everything in my life.
Challenge: I would like to challenge my family and friends to spend more time with those you love. I would also like to challenge everyone to draw closer to Jesus Christ. We don’t need a new year to change our lives. We only need Jesus Christ to change us from the inside out
- Psalms 115:1, Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to your name give glory, for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness!
In Closing, I just want to say that we are called by God to live according to His will, not our own—for Christ’s sake, not our own— all glory belongs to Jesus Christ.