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Do I need a New Year Resolution?

Fri, Jan. 03, 2014 Posted: 06:26 AM


It is common at this time to resolve to do new things and revisit situations and some will document goals and objectives based on a vision for the year. How biblical are these practices?

The Bible encourages us to have a vision for our lives within the context of keeping His laws. Seeking things that are not biblically right for us is courting sorrow from the very start. Writing the vision helps us to focus and encourages action in realizing what God has ordained.

Pro_29:18  Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.

Hab_2:2  And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.

Still, there are some points worth noting on this subject of moving forward with your New Year resolution. Also remember that God's priorities tend to focus on us growing in humility and most importantly the eternal destiny of souls.

  1. The most important thing that needs to change is how we think if we expect to see changes in our lives. It is the renewal of our minds and not our deeds that drives the revolution of outcomes.
  2. Repentance must often precede redirection. An unpleasant harvest in a previous year is typically the result of a wrong seed sown. Repentance acknowledges the wrongs we have done and is the basis for turning in a different direction. Our resolution should often include making amends when there is need to do so … saying we are sorry and admitting the errors we do not want to make again can be more impactful than resolutions to go to the moon.
  3. We do not need the occasion of a New Year to seek redirection of our lives. In similar vein, we can start afresh even if we break our resolution before the end of the first week in January. If January 1 proves a false start … still start again. The calendar we use is of pagan origin … do not be obsessed with it.
  4. Diligence to work our plans and follow through in spite of initial resistance is often required. Even when God has given us a vision - hindrances and resistance can be expected … Christ set Himself to achieve what had been ordained for Him. This means a diligent focus that disregards sometimes unhelpful flattery as well as the most discouraging circumstances.
  5. We have a personal responsibility to react appropriately at various milestones and this begins often with retaining the right mental mindset always. We need to choose our responses well …knowing what to disregard and what to feed with attention. Let me leave you with an important suggestion for the year. Learn not to take all your observations seriously … there are many things we should act as though we did not hear or see. What the enemy attacks first are our thoughts …we must guard them from many thought-arrows aimed at polluting our vision. Have a wonderful year.

Ecc_7:21 also take no heed unto all words that are spoken; lest thou hear thy servant curse thee:

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