What resolutions did you make yesterday?

How many have you kept . . . or failed to keep today?

The New Year provides a great opportunity for evaluating life. Making an arbitrary list of stuff to do or not do might give the sensation of accomplishing something grand. Or at least satiate our conscience that we intend to do better.

Here’s a suggestion to go a little deeper. Instead of starting with specific points of change, start with identifying larger concepts. Consider areas of life that are non-negotiable. Figure out why they are non-negotiable. Look at ways that you negotiated them in the past. Make resolutions intended to keep you from repeating the same pattern.

Example: For Christians, a the new year marks one more year closer to spending eternity with God and one year less to serve Him here. The big question is simply what can be done differently to be more effective in the coming year. Considering several areas provides ample opportunity for specific commitments:

  • How will I seek to selflessly serve others?
  • What can I do to grow in my relationship with Christ?
  • How will I live this year so the grip of the world on my life is loosened?

Questions like these facilitate specific answers tied to critical priorities.

The New Year is still new.

Take some time to consider how it will be new for you.

About the Author
Nathaniel Pringle serves as the pastor of Eastside Community Bible Church, Milford, Ohio. His goal is to fulfill the commission in Titus 2:1, "But as for you, teach what accords with sound doctrine." (ESV)

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