Hi friends! The holidays have been lovely for me and my family. I hope and pray the same has been for you. Before we step into 2020, I wanted to send you a short article. 2019 will soon be one for the books, and as we gear closer to 2020 lots of people enjoy creating New Year’s Resolutions. I know I used to. My list usually consisted of: decreasing my social media usage, reading my Bible more, eat less chocolate (probably my least favorite resolution to execute), among others. I know when I made resolutions for the New Year I always felt encouraged. The start of a new year offers a sense of freshness-- like a brand new piece of paper not yet touched by ink. I would create this list of resolutions and was able to keep them active for about a month, sometimes two. But, as life happens something always came up and deterred me from achieving my goals. And then once my resolution fell flat I rarely gave it much more thought.
What makes 01/01 more special than 12/31? Nothing. In reality it is another day that the Lord allowed you to see.
"The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning, great is your faithfulness." (Lamentations 3:22-23)
Every day the sun comes up, and every day we can count on The Lord's promises. That can be on the 1st day of the New Year or the last day of the New Year.
I don’t think there is anything wrong with New Year’s Resolutions and the Bible does not speak against them. However, I don’t agree with us as Christians waiting until the New Year comes to live a life serving Christ. Why wait until the clock strikes midnight? Why not now?
If you are going to partake in creating a New Year’s Resolution list by all means go ahead.
If I were to create a list mine would look a little like:
1. Share the gospel, daily. Believe me, there is someone who needs to hear the gospel daily. If you can share it with your coworkers, your child’s teacher, someone on social media, share the gospel. No fluff. Just the gospel. If you do that every day for a year you will have shared the gospel 365 times in one year. These are seeds that are planted that God, if he chooses, can bring to fruition. You don’t need to wait until the New Year to start sharing the gospel. You can do that now.
2. Be more involved at church. Now, this one is definitely one that I can improve on. Now, if you don’t have a church home I would definitely add that being a part of a church is important. But, if you already are, perhaps spend time involving yourself a bit more in ministry. If you are busy like me and live a bit of ways from your church it can be difficult. So, I would encourage you to make time to serve on the days you worship. I know that I attend the earliest service at my church. I could make myself available an hour or so after to serve in a ministry and support my church. Again, we don’t need to wait until the New Year we can start this now.
3. Live a life pleasing to Christ. You may be thinking well I already do that. I am a Christian and of course I trust in Him and live a life pleasing to Him. How often have you worried before praying? How often have we let anxiety and fear cause us to doubt? How much time do we spend in prayer? Do we pray throughout the day? Prayer is a conversation that you can have with The Lord throughout the day. You don’t have to limit prayer time to meals, and before bed. In fact you shouldn’t. Why wouldn’t you share your concerns with God during the day? Believe me, He already knows them. How about when it comes to reading your Bible? The Bible opens with creation and finishes with eternity. You want to know what God is saying? Read your Bible. He is not speaking to you through the stars, or an animal. He speaks to us through His word. Read it. Give thanks in everything. Exalt Christ in your speech, thoughts, and actions. Those are just some of the ways you can live a life pleasing to Christ.
There are obviously more resolutions you can add to the list. Of course losing weight, and drinking water are great goals you can strive to achieve. But, you don’t have to wait until 01/01 to start those or any of the others on this list. The time to start is today. Now even. Choose your resolutions with God in mind. 1st Corinthians 10:31 “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”
I will be praying for my readers as we head into 2020. Don’t expect perfection from yourselves as you set these goals, and don’t make excuses when opportunities arise and you fail to follow through. God knows our heart and whether we create a resolutions list like the one I listed above, we are to be disciples and live a life pleasing to Him. That is the goal each and every day. We are walking billboards. What does your behavior say about Christianity? A change in a day doesn’t change that responsibility.