The practice of making New Year’s resolutions goes back to the ancient Babylonians. There is just something about the start of a new year that gives us the feeling of a fresh start and a new beginning. In reality, there is no difference between December 31 and January 1. Nothing mystical occurs at midnight on December 31. The Bible does not speak for or against the concept of New Year’s resolutions.
Many Christians make New Year’s resolutions to pray more, to read the Bible every day, and to attend church more regularly. These are great goals. However, these New Year’s resolutions fail just as often as the non-Christian resolutions. WHY? Because there is no power in a New Year’s resolution. Resolving to start or stop doing a certain activity has no value unless you have the proper motivation for stopping or starting that activity. For example, why do you want to read the Bible every day? Is it to honor God and grow spiritually, or is it because do you just have the mindset of "let me check that off of my to do list? Why do you want to be more faithful in church attendance? Is it so everyone will know and see that you are there or because God's Word says, "Do not forsake the assembling with other believers?
So, what sort of New Year’s resolution should a Christian make? Here are some suggestions: (1) pray to the Lord for wisdom (James 1:5) and ask Him what changes or goals you need to make (2) pray for wisdom as to how to fulfill the goals God gives you; (3) rely on God’s strength to help you; (4) find an accountability partner who will help you and encourage you; (5) don’t become discouraged if fail at times; instead, allow them to motivate you further; (6) don’t become proud, puffed up or vain, but give God the glory.
To be honest no matter what we do our Christ Like attitude should be to do it all for the glory of God. (1st Corinthians 10:31)
May your brand new year be filled with blessings.
Hugs and blessings, Cindy