New Years Resolutions
Rev Kyle Paisley
It is the beginning of a New Year and time for a fresh start in life.
Most people begin the New Year by making some resolutions, and promise themselves that they will do certain things. Usually it is a commitment to do better in the New Year than in the old year.
However, while many begin the New Year with good intentions, it's not too long before they fail and become disappointed.
Some, who make light of failure, have suggested making resolutions that require little effort to keep, such as - "Read less it makes you think," "Stop exercising - it's a waste of time," "Procrastinate more, starting tomorrow," "Don't believe politicians!"
Now, there are some very good resolutions that Christians can make, and determine to keep, by the free grace of God in Christ.
Why not determine to read the entire Bible this year, commit to personal devotions every day, and to leading one person to Christ? If your church attendance has been spasmodic, make it more regular, remembering the command that we are "not to forsake the assembling of ourselves together". Perhaps you could invite others to hear the Gospel.
Jonathan Edwards (1703 1758), the New England revivalist, believed in resolutions, and wrote the following:-
"Being sensible that I am unable to do anything without God's help, I do humbly entreat Him, by His grace, to enable me to keep these Resolutions, so far as they are agreeable to His will, for Christ's sake:
All have, in some degree, failed to make good use of time. But if the Christian purposes, with the help of the Lord, to follow that which is good, then 2006 can be a glorious year!
- Resolved, that I will do whatsoever I think to be most to the glory of God, and my own good.
- Resolved, to do what is most for the good and advantage of mankind in general.
- Resolved, never to lose one moment of time.
- Resolved, to live with all my might, while I do live.
- Resolved, never to do anything, which I should be afraid to do if it were the last hour of my life.
- Resolved, never to do anything out of revenge.
- Resolved, never to speak evil of any one, so that it shall tend to his dishonour.
- Resolved, to ask myself at the end of every day, week, month, and year, wherein I could possibly, in any respect, have done better.
- Resolved, always to do that which I shall wish I had done when 1 see others do it.
- Let there be something of benevolence in all that I speak.
Never forget the words of Paul: "This one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus." (Phil 3:13,14)