As we wind down another year, here are 5 intriguing questions to consider during this New Year’s holiday season. ◊
Of course we’ve all done it. New Year’s Resolutions are fun and silly. Some are certainly serious and well intended. But what about a Christian New Year’s Resolution? Here’s one that’s more spiritual than physical, more practical than frivolous, more difficult than impossible. But it can change your life. At least how you do life everyday.
Do you have the right resolve in all things large and small?
Read Biblical Viewpoint: “The Christian New Year’s Resolution Challenge”
Let’s do it differently this year. Let’s call it The New Year Plan. But we’ve got to shake things up a bit. We’ve got to get deeper into what we want, what we’re doing, and why we’re doing it. And how we’re doing it. Life success is an outgrowth of spiritual success. If we don’t get the inner man right, then one can have all the world’s success yet still remain empty in spirit and soul. And an empty spirit and soul is not a recipe for a successful life.
Do you have the right plan in place?
It’s that great time of year to reflect, relax, appreciate, enjoy the recent past, and anticipate the upcoming future. It’s played out in our calendars, mindsets and physical actions. But the hiatus is but for a season – a short holiday season that ends quickly and with little mercy as a looming new year soon hits us headlong. The world tells us that “the rich get richer” while the Bible tell us that the “wise get wiser.” Are you becoming wiser?
What did you learn yesterday that helps today and prepares or even leads you to tomorrow?
New Year’s Resolutions actually have a spiritual origin with the Babylonians prior to the 7th century BC. Then it was about making promises to their pagan gods. This practice has continued over centuries and cultures to reveal man’s desire for repentance and self-improvement. A research study involving 3,000 people showed that 88% of those who set New Year’s Resolutions fail. Here are 3 resolutions that every Christian should make. Even non-Christians would be wise to take note.
Have you made New Year’s Resolutions that really matter?
Have you had a challenging year. Do you anticipate a difficult new year? Sometimes things don’t work out the way we plan. Here’s an encouraging, touching, and true story about a young child’s small request that leads a mother to not give up on life. It’s a good reminder that God cares about the details in life, no matter our circumstances. God is a God of details and He cares and responds to each of us when we come to Him as little children.
Do you have the faith of a child?
Have a Very Happy New Year!
“To this end we always pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling and may fulfill every resolve for good and every work of faith by his power, so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.” – 2 Thessalonians 1:11-12
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