Welcome to 2017. Did you stay up to ring in the new year?
Here’s What Happened
Got a text message last night that said, “Happy New Year Rick.” I had actually forgotten it was New Year’s Eve. I went to bed after the Clemson/Ohio ST game but I did hear some fire crackers.
Making The Most
Some of us will use the calendar change as an opportunity for making improvements. It’s called a resolution.
A resolution: “a formal intention, a reflection on the changes we need to make.”
Top Ten Resolutions (according to an internet source)
- Spend more time with family
- Get fit
- Lose weight
- Quit smoking
- Enjoy life more
- Quit drinking
- Get out of debt
- Learn something new
- Help others
- Get organized
How do you feel about the list? Anything resonate?
Being A Believer
Being a Christian influences my choices, habits, and behaviors. As it should for any believer. I always begin the new year with good intentions, but I rarely succeed. Why is that?
Anything the New Year spurs me to pursue is invariably something I should already be doing, thinking, or pursuing. In point of fact, shouldn’t my devotion to Jesus be all the resolve required? If devotion to God won’t cause me to change, I’m not sure how much a new calendar is going to help.
A Few Verses
“Since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates both body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.” 2 Cor. 7:1
“Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves…” 2 Cor. 13:5
“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.” Colossians 3:12, 14
The Holy Spirit
I don’t think the Holy Spirit’s ministry revolves around New Year’s. The resolve to improve should come from him, it should be daily, and I should be listening.
It’s always right to do right. Each day is an excellent day to grow and improve. If I’m waiting for an external influence to motivate me, then I’m probably grieving the Spirit.
I set goals. I have a focus for each new year. I think its good. But let’s not confuse the power of God with a flip of the calendar.