Further Than Today: A Different Approach to New Year’s Resolutions

Every year when New Year’s comes along the lists of resolutions begin pouring in on social media.  

It’s at this time that I don’t make resolutions.

Instead, I reflect on the year before.

Am I more emotionally and spiritually mature than I was last year?

Have I developed more character than I had 365 days ago?

Am I more patient?

More thoughtful?  

More gracious?

More joyful?

More peace-seeking?

“May each tomorrow find you further than today.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

I also look at myself to see where I’m deficient and pray that the Lord would would work those things in me this year, surrendering that area to Him.

One year, I asked the Lord to help me be more gentle.

Lately I have been praying that the Lord would give me the ability to love other people unconditionally –especially people in my life who are hard to love.  

A resolution depends on your own strength. We are not strong enough to achieve the things we need to apart from Christ.

We need Divine power in our lives.

If He is the orchestrator, all glory goes to Him.

So today, I’ll not be starting the new water diet or pledging to lose 1000 pounds.

I’ll be thinking about areas in my life that I’m not like Jesus. I’ll be paying attention to that area in my life, and I’ll be intentionally trying to make better choices in that area, throwing myself on His grace.  

I think this is the kind of resolving that reflects scripture.  

His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire. For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue,e and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For whoever lacks these qualities is so nearsighted that he is blind, having forgotten that he was cleansed from his former sins. Therefore, brothers, be all the more diligent to confirm your calling and election, for if you practice these qualities you will never fall.

2 Peter 1:3-10


Sarah Forbes


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