A New Year for Resolutions
It's common for people to make New Year's resolutions. And it's also common for many others to make fun of such behavior. While I understand that most people who make a resolution are unable to keep it by the end of the year, research shows that those who make a resolution are more likely to attain their goals than those who do not make a resolution. Personally, I tend to view resolutions in a positive way, since at the very least they remind us of what we value and what we hope to achieve in the coming year.
One could even argue that the Bible contains several examples of godly people who make resolutions and keep them. For example, Job resolved not to think of the women around him in a sexualized way (Job 31:1). And many believers in Antioch resolved to give financial assistance to needy Christians in Judea (Acts 11:29). These are just two examples of resolutions that were successful. We too can incorporate similar resolutions--keeping our thoughts pure and showing generosity to those in need. Or we can create more specific, personalized resolutions.
I want to encourage you to consider the year ahead. What areas of your life can you improve with God's help? Choose one or, at most, two items and then offer them up in prayer to the Lord. Confess to Him the ways you have failed at improving in these areas, then ask Him for assistance so that you can achieve these goals.
One of my resolutions this year is to complain less. I want to reduce the amount of times I critique a situation or grumble about another person. My goal is to replace negativity with gratitude, and to remember Paul's encouragement in Colossians 3:15:
Let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful.
2022 is going to be a good year, not because something special is sure to happen, but because God is cultivating in me an attitude of positivity. I wish you all the best in reaching your own New Year's resolutions.