As the New Year gets underway, it is common for people to set resolutions for the year ahead. These usually entail losing weight, eating healthier, and/or attaining any goal that has long eluded them. Yet, despite a strong start, the majority of people fail to continue striving towards their resolution in a mere matter of weeks or months. I speak from experience; I have never fulfilled a New Year’s resolution. Even though it is only four days into the year 2013, keeping my resolutions thus far has been a challenge! Because these goals typically are lifestyle changes, our old habits tend to flare up and discourage us.
In order to hold myself accountable, I would like to share my resolutions for 2013:
- To read the Bible in a year, as well as grow in my walk with Christ.
- Eat healthier and exercise more often.
Attaining these are going to be a battle this year, but I know it is possible to accomplish my goals, especially as I grow in self-discipline. 1 Timothy 4:7 (ESV) speaks of the importance of discipline:
…On the other hand, discipline yourself for the purpose of godliness; for bodily discipline is only of little profit, but godliness is profitable for all things, since it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.
As the New Year begins, I am also reminded of the new life received upon accepting Christ as our Savior. 2 Corinthians 5:17 (ESV):
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.
The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
I challenge you to focus on Christ this year, regardless of your goal.