The practice of making New Year’s resolutions goes back over 3,000 years to the ancient Babylonians. There is just something about the start of a new year that gives us the feeling of a fresh start and a new beginning.
Common New Year’s resolutions are commitments to quit smoking, to stop drinking, to manage money more wisely, and to spend more time with family. By far, the most common New Year’s resolution is to lose weight, in conjunction with exercising more and eating more healthily.
These are all good goals to set. However, the Bible instructs us to keep exercise in perspective: “For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.” 1 Timothy 4:8. The vast majority of New Year’s resolutions, even among Christians, are in relation to physical things.
I would like to encourage you to make some spiritual resolutions to commit to in the coming year. A good one would be to have a daily quiet time with God Psalm 46:10 says “Be still and know that I am God.” Make a commitment daily to quiet yourself, drop the distractions, center in on God and His greatness and His love and what He wants to do in your life – His plan and purpose. The more you do this, the more you will find yourself restored, renewed and refreshed on a daily basis.
Your pastor and partner in ministry,Kyle