The Bible does not address the issue of New Year’s resolutions, but Paul does offer some encouraging thoughts by stating, “13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:13-14).
C. S. Lewis once stated, “You are never too old to set another goal or dream a new dream.” New Year’s resolutions can be dated back to Babylonian times some 3,000 years ago. However, the Romans perfected the practice beginning about 153 B.C. Janus, a mythical Roman King whose name gives us our month of January, had two faces. One face looked back on past events while the other face looked forward to the future. Thus, the practice of making New Year’s resolutions was instituted to improve on our past failures and set a better agenda for the year ahead.
The most common New Year’s resolutions are to quit smoking, stop drinking, manage money better, and to spend more time with family and friends. But by far, the most common New Year’s resolution is to lose weight, get in shape and eat better.
All of these goals are worthy of consideration and implementation, but when it comes to setting goals, Christians should heed Paul’s words “For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come” (1 Timothy 4:8). So as you consider making New Year’s resolutions make sure the spiritual is emphasized just as much as the physical. However, the best chance of making your New Year’s resolution come true is to have a plan. Below are three worthy resolutions and a prescription.
Resolution 1: To Grow Spiritually!
Prescription: Be more focused this year on reading the Bible, praying, attending Worship and getting involved in a Lifegroup or Men or Women’s Bible study at Cottonwood. On January 8, I will be starting a new sermon series entitled “Mastering the Art of Skillful Living!”. Let’s start the year off growing together in worship and the study of God’s Word.
Resolution 2: To Spend More Time With Family!
Prescription: Make family a priority and not an afterthought. Everything we do at Cottonwood is to encourage families to be together and build Faith@Home.
Resolution 3: To Get Into Better Shape!
Prescription: Begin an exercise program, join a gym (if finances allow), or attend my monthly Boot Camps which are M, W, Fri @ 6:00AM & 9:15AM. The January Boot Camp starts on Wednesday January 4 in the Cottonwood Gym. My Boot Camp is designed for all levels of physical fitness. I provide the workout and you decide how hard you can work out.
Psalm 37:5-6 says, “Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.”(Psalm 37:5-6)
Join me in starting 2012 off right!
Happy New Year