”This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NLT)
New Year’s Resolutions anyone? Or are you the type that doesn’t make them since they seem to immediately set you up for failure? I looked online and found the top 10 New Year’s Resolutions on About.com, so here they are (drum roll please): 1) Spend more time with family & friends, 2) Exercise, 3) Lose weight, 4) Quit smoking, 5) Quit drinking, 6) Enjoy life more, 7) Get out of debt, 8) Learn something new, 9) Help others, and 10) Get organized. That’s a pretty good list, wouldn’t you say? I recognize quite a few of those myself!
I am grateful that in America we celebrate the New Year because it does allow us to do some reflection and make a fresh start in those areas of our life where we know we need to make a change. Sure, maybe we’ve tried before and failed, but this time we’re going to be able to do it! Or at least we hope so! Where are you feeling the need to make a change this year? What area(s) of your life are out of balance, or feeling a bit unhealthy? It’s a good time to sit down and write out some thoughts, maybe make a fresh list of priorities and make sure you’re taking care of the higher priorities more than the lower ones. I did that recently myself and am going to have to make some changes. It’s easy to get busy and just go into “survival mode” rather than living your life with intention and purpose. It sure doesn’t happen on its own, doesn’t it? And life just flies by! That’s why we have to take a break and do some soul searching and then either start doing some things or stop doing others in order to be in line with God’s will for our lives. Want to join me?
I know I don’t want to break my resolutions within 24 hours, so there are a couple of keys to success that we have to look at. The first is believing that we are a new creation. I still remember how life-changing it was when that Truth first started sinking in! Who I thought I was in the past was not who I was today! Do you believe in this transformation for yourself? And the second key to success is that we stick to our resolution(s) in God’s strength, not ours. (If you’d like a reminder, see Resting In God’s Supernatural Strength.) It is so easy for me to try to do something on my own, but at the same time, how many times has that meant failure for me? This time let’s commit together to believing we already are a new creation, and drawing on His strength to make a fresh start.