Happy New Year my friends! This week I really wanted to share with you about my New Year Resolution. There is just something about the start of the new year that feels fresh about starting anew. The most common New Year’s resolutions are to quit smoking, lose weight, and spend more time with family. For Christians like myself the common goals of praying more, reading the Bible every day, and attending church more are echoed across the globe. These are great goal and resolutions. Unfortunately, these goals and resolutions fail too often. Wanting to start or stop something looses its value if it does not have the proper motivation behind it. For example, why do you want to lose weight? Do you want to honor God with your body, or is it for vanity, to honor yourself?
Philippians 4:13 tells us, “I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.” John 15:5 declares, “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” If God is the center of your New Year’s resolution, it has chance for success, depending on your commitment to it. If it is God’s will for something to be fulfilled, He will enable you to fulfill it. If a resolution is not God honoring and/or is not in agreement in God’s Word, we will not receive God’s help in fulfilling the resolution. In this New Year I am praying for wisdom in regards to what resolutions I should make. In addition, I am praying for wisdom as to how to fulfill the resolutions he reveals to me. I plan to rely on God’s strength and not my own. What about you? What are your New Year’s resolutions?