If we truly are looking to make the new year better than the last, we should try and shift the focus of our New Years resolutions from ourselves, to others instead. Greatness and improvements in our lives come from serving others, not just ourselves.
Let each of you look out not only for his own interest, but also for the interest of others. (Philippians 2:4)
As we start the new year, let’s also limit our expectations and not hold on too tightly to our plans. We must recognize that the journey with Christ is full of twists and turns. We must adjust our expectations accordingly, because while we plan for what we think is best, God’s plan is always better.
A man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps. (Proverbs 16:9)
Let us also look into the true motivations of our resolutions. Are they for a Godly purpose, or are they based on selfish desires? We need to pray to God, even when we set our resolutions, so that we may know what is good for us, and what is not.
You asked and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures. (James 4:3).
Let’s also recognize that any changes we want to make, can only be made with God’s power and grace. We cannot change with our own strength, but only through the power of the Holy Spirit which works within us.
For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live (Romans 8:13)
We must also understand that God does not work according to our calendar or timetable. We may plan all we want for the new year, but God’s timing is what rules and is better for us. Lastly, we do not need a new year to make life changes. The Holy Sprit can lead us to improvement and a better Godly life at any time, and not just on January 1.
But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. (2 Peter 3:8)
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