Q. I know that each year I struggle with the idea of New Year's Resolutions. They are very cliche! If I am going to start the new year off on the right foot, what are some biblical suggestions you could give me?
A. On New Year’s Eve, you will take a quick glance at the past to review your accomplishments, failures or near misses. Then, the eyes of the mind turn toward next year. Questions formulate within the confines of imagination as to the possibilities of the near future:
How to make a change?
How much to change?
Who to change?
How much effort must be infused in order to achieve the desired result?
Is there really any hope in the world today?
The New York Times gave the following as their New Year’s Resolution Top Ten List:
1) Spend more time with family and friends 2) Fit in fitness 3) Tame the bulge 4) Quit smoking 5) Enjoy life more 6) Quit drinking 7) Get out of debt 8) Learn something new 9) Help others 10) Get organized
Here are some questions I would suggest you ask yourself when thinking about what the Lord would desire from you in the coming year:
- What must I do or give up in order to reach the majestic heights of the goal that imagination will establish?
- How willing are you to pay the price to become the person you were designed to be by your Creator?
- What are your intrinsic attitudes, values, and personal desires? Why do you do what you do daily? Is it to bring glory to the Lord, or for your own personal gain?
Lu 9:23 also says, "And he said to them all, 'If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.'" (KJV) Maybe your New Year’s Resolutions need to become a thing of the past and a new tradition that was inaugurated by Jesus which could be tagged NEW DAY RESOLUTIONS. As the old saying goes, “Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today.” Be blessed by every sunrise. God makes all things new for those who will allow Him to do so.
Editors Note: Dwight Wilson, counselor for Pathways Professional in Sheffield, Hartselle, and Athens, is the author of this week's column.
*This column is not intended to substitute for an actual session with a licensed counselor.
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