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New Year Resolutions – Why Set them?

Our culture no longer seems to understand what means to follow through with New Year’s resolutions. We are passionate and resolute on accomplishing what we set out to accomplish- until about a week later. We simply lose the will to keep going and forsake what we want most for temporary fulfillment. The reality is that New Year’s goals, when done right, can be extremely helpful in your Christian walk. Here’s why.

First, we need to push for improvement. There is good change, and there is bad change; the change desired to be achieved in New Year’s Goals is always about improvement- whether physical or mental. No matter what you set out to do, as long as it is noble, whether you succeed or fail, you will come out of it a better person. The Bible says that unlike man, God looks at the heart and character above all else. The determination, perseverance, and patience that can be built from setting New Year’s goals are immeasurable.

New Year’s resolutions also mirror the very same thing we can be doing with our faith. As we strive toward fitness, toward our jobs, toward all these earthly goals that won’t last, we should be striving toward God even more so. The joy that He brings is eternal, the only thing able to fill the void inside of us. Every time we have a small success or achieve something that means a lot to us, we should be reminded of the ultimate goal. We can choose to let them inspire us to pursue God relentlessly. As Hebrews 12:1 says, “Let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.”

Setting New Year’s goals, as you can see, is far more important than people seem to realize. Sure, it may seem like an overrated, cliché, worldly thing to do. But we as Christians have the power, through Christ, to take something trite and use it for the glory of God. It’s also important to remember that ‘New Year’s goals’ are not strictly reserved for January 1st. It’s a metaphor for a starting point, a rebirth. However, that starting point, whether it is on January 1st or in the middle of summer, can still get you to the same place. We are not called to be swept away in the habit of routine, but to challenge ourselves, to take up our crosses daily. New Year’s goals are change-orientated, and so is the gospel. If ever you forget the reason for your faith, and the reason change is so essential, remember 2 Corinthians 5:17: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”

The Christian Power Book Life Planner can help not only help you set your New Year goals and resolutions, it can help you stick to them throughout 2015.  Make 2015 your best year ever with The Christian Power Book Life Planner.

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