Another year has come and gone, while a new year lies ahead. It is hard to believe, but 2013 is here. Every New Year sparks resolutions to do something better or complete a task, or maybe finish that degree.
Whatever your resolutions are for the New Year, stop and ponder for a moment the good that comes from resolutions.
First, resolutions probe us - they cause us to take an examination of our lives; where we’ve been, where we want to go in the future. We call this having a resolute purpose for living. The Psalmist did, “I considered my ways and turned my feet to Thy testimonies.” (Psalm 119: 59). The writer of this Psalm took an inventory of his life and made the necessary changes. Not a bad idea!
Second, resolutions prompt us - they cause us to move forward in life. Life is about going forward. Resolutions will keep us going forward in life. Again, the Psalmist writes of how the Word of God kept him going in the right direction in his life. “Thy word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” (Psalm 119:105).
Finally, resolutions prompt us to greater works of service. What becomes a dream in turn becomes a reality; the reality that we have achieved the resolutions/goals that we set for ourselves.
Again, the Psalmist achieved his goals by keeping his word. “...I have promised to keep Thy words.” (Psalm 119:57).
Think big and you will achieve the desired goals and results for the year.
Michael Harmon is the minister of the Augusta Church of Christ. firstname.lastname@example.org