New Year’s Resolutions

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1)

New Year’s always offers much hope of new beginning; I love the feeling of a fresh slate to accomplish new things. One thing is for certain, 2012 is gone and 2013 is here. The habit of New Year’s resolutions is a big deal for so many folks. There have been times I have worked hard at resolutions and failed, and sometimes I have succeeded. We understand the importance of goal-setting in our everyday lives. The most successful people set goals and keep those goals in mind, and they measure themselves against their goals on a regular basis to see where they stand.

While we normally think of goals in terms of the physical, it is just as important to set “spiritual goals”. Some may have goals to read the Bible through in a year, or to set up so many Bible studies in a year, both of which are goals we should all have. But let’s think about three specific goals for the year 2013.

Be a better servant of God in 2013:  Jesus set the example for the servant’s attitude in John 13. As a matter of fact, Jesus took on the role of the lowest servant in the house as we read the account of our Lord washing the feet of the disciples. Not only was the example set, but the Bible reminds us that we are to “let this mind be in us which was also in Christ Jesus” (Phil 2:5). If our Lord was a servant, we should be too. What opportunities will you have to serve others in the upcoming year, and what opportunities will you have to be a better servant of God in 2013?

Be a daily Bible reader in 2013:  It doesn’t take long. As a matter of fact, you can read only four chapters per day and conclude the entire Bible in less than a year. On average, four chapters per day will take about 15-20 minutes of our time. Sometimes we look at reading the Bible through in a year as time consuming. But when broken down and compared to time we spend on less critical things, it’s really not. The fact is, without daily Bible study our faith will not grow (Rom 10:10), and if our faith is not growing it is not possible to please God (Heb 11:6). It’s also not possible to be familiar with the standard by which we will be judged (John 12:48). Spend time DAILY studying from the Word of God in 2013.

Take someone with you on the way to heaven: It wasn’t long ago that one of our kids described our heavenly journey as a “car pool”, that you stop along the way and pick people up to take with you. I don’t know that I could have put it better myself. Sometimes I have to remember that people watch what I do, and they watch what you do to. Our attitudes are watched, and so are our motives. Jesus said that we are to “let our light so shine before men that they may see our good works, and glorify (our) Father who is in heaven” (Matt 5:16). There are many people around you that you are the only “Bible” they will ever see. Make sure that we present ourselves in 2013 in a way that others will bring glory to our heavenly Father.


Ande Z

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