As we’re midway into the first month of 2013, what’s your New Year’s Resolution?
Plans have been made for new work-out schedules, careers and school goals, hopes for better relationships, saving money, losing weight, learning better habits. There are so many resolutions a person can make and break this year!
I know for myself, I would love to turn into an early morning person, and get more things done, such as exercise or write, before dropping my daughter, Sarrah, off at school and then heading to work myself. I’d love to memorize a few verses a month of the Bible. Spend more time on relationships. Incorporate healthier habits into my life.
In the Bible, Jesus was asked, what is the greatest commandment? Matthew 22:35-40 says: One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
It came to me…that's the greatest resolution a person can make for the year is to love the Lord God with all their heart, soul and mind, and then to love their neighbor as they love themselves!
What would this world look like, if people made that, for their New Year’s resolution? What would your world look like?
Jesus also said in Matthew 6:33-34: “Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
Jesus tells us not to worry about all the other “stuff” because he will take care of it if we seek first his kingdom and his righteousness.
Seriously, with all of the distractions that come our way and all of the problems that can build up during one day, it can be hard to seek Him first. It seems easier to bite and chew on the problems, the wants, and the needs. But Jesus said not to worry, and to love God with all of your heart, mind, and soul and then to love your neighbor. It definitely takes faith to do this, whether life has thrown you a curve, or your life is GOOD just the way it is and you think you are doing really well living it your way.
So why not make not worrying and loving God with all of your heart, mind, and soul, and loving your neighbor your New Year’s Resolution? I know I’m going to!
Excerpted from Linda J. Reinhardt’s blog, “New Year Is Here,” Jan 1, 2013, http://lindajreinhardt.blogspot.com/
Linda J. Reinhardt, coauthor of Like a Bird Wanders, Once Upon a Christmas, Always Home for Christmas, Hidden Song and Silenced Song (OakTara), has always enjoyed writing a poem, song, or story. She is active in leading small group Bible studies: HEART (Healing and Encouragement for Abortion Related Trauma), Time to Heal, Women's Bible Study, prayer group, and speaks for StoneCroft Ministries. www.lindajreinhardt.blogspot.com