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Making New Year’s Resolutions God’s Way

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People Lack the Motivation to See Through their New Year’s Resolutions, because they Don’t Answer to Anyone for it, Not even Themselves

Millions of Americans make New Year’s Resolutions each year, anxious to attack the new era with a fresh start. According to Franklin Covey Co., which releases an annual survey of popular resolutions, the top three were: (1) get out of debt or save money, (2) lose weight, and (3) develop a healthy habit (e.g., exercise or healthy eating). And while the Bible certainly does not speak against making New Year’s Resolutions —and our physical and financial health is undeniably important to God—He may have other desires for our lives and hearts in the coming year.“For I new year's resolutionsknow the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future” (Jer. 29:11). What wise words as we set our goals for the New Year. You see, God already has a plan. And as we work on our relationship with Him each day, He’ll reveal those plans to us. So perhaps our number one resolution this year should be to focus on that relationship. It’s not an easy thing to do, especially in the midst of balancing work, family commitments, finances and life’s inevitable difficulties. But the Word is clear—if we focus on God, everything else tends to fall in place. Even weight loss plans, finances and healthy exercise habits.

So this year, as you make plans to better yourself for this next year, start with spiritual goals. If you’re unsure how to go about developing an intimate relationship with God, consider the following two ideas:

  1. Resolve, first, to read your Bible every day. The Bible is God’s way of directly communicating his love for you. Paul tells us in Thess. 2:13, “When you received from us the word of God’s message, you accepted it not as the word of men, but for what it really is, the word of God, which also performs its work in you who believe.” God can speak volumes to us through scripture, if only we’ll take the time to listen.
  2. Resolve to love others more. I John 4:7-8 tells us that love is “from God,” and that “whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.” So, as we work daily to deepen our relationship with the Lord, we’ll begin to love our family, friends, neighbors and enemies in a renewed way, as well. What a wonderful way to share the joy of Christ with those who need to hear it!

When you make New Year’s Resolutions make a Commitment with God while Doing it and your Plans is Going to Succeed

According to Franklin Covey Co’s survey, only 23 percent of Americans adhere to their New Year’s Resolutions, and 35 percent have broken them by the end of January. That’s why it’s important to remember that, while there’s nothing wrong with setting goals for a fresh start during the New Year, Christ graciously offers daily fresh starts for those who follow him!

RD Games/Play The Bible wishes you a new year filled with the love of Christ. New Year’s blessings to you and your loved ones.