Will 2012 belong to you or the Lord? Some thoughts on New Years Resolutions.

December 28, 2011

During this time of year we start to think about making resolutions for the new year. Dieting, schedules, relationships, habits and vices will come to the front of our mind so that we may hopefully put them behind us for the next year. This is a wonderful practice that has helped many people become better humans.

There may be many things about yourself that you would like to change but this year I challenge you to change the things that God wants you to. How do we do this? Here are a few steps that may help:

  1. Listen, Listen, Listen. Take the new year to the Lord, present it to Him, ask Him for resolutions and then shut your mouth. God is ready to whisper to you.
  2. Look at serious sin first. What are the things you have to confess over and over again. You can bet that God has those on His list for you as well.
  3. Next look at what is keeping you from prayer? If you spend an hour a day watching tv but you don’t have an hour for prayer your resolution couldn’t be more clear.
  4. Take a look at relationships. Love is the primary way we bring Christ to the world. Resolve to Love until its hurts. You don’t have to find people to love. God put us in this situation with our family and acquaintances. Love them intensely.
  5. Talk to a spiritual director or trustworthy guide about resolutions. Unfortunately, we often can’t see ourselves the way we really are and we need another perspective.

2012 is the Lord’s. The only worthwhile resolution is one that brings us closer to Him. Resolve this year to embrace the Lord more fully.

To proclaim a year of the Lord’s favor… Isaiah 61:2

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