To most Americans, the beginning of a New Year is equivalent a new hope, a new vision, and a new beginning. From the Jewish perspective, a New Year represents man’s birth. We encourage you to focus on your motivation behind each of your goals.
The top five New Year’s Resolution are:
1. Exercise More
2. Stop Drinking
3. Manage Money Better
4. Spend More Time with the Family
5. Quit Smoking
In conjunction to the top five, many of us as Believers make resolutions to:
1. Pray More
2. Read the Bible More
4. Attend Church on a Regular
5. Get Involved in Ministry
These are all fantastic resolutions, but why is it that many resolutions, both spiritual and non-spiritual, fail? The answer is whether or not we have the right motivation and determination behind our goals.
Try setting short term and long term goals. With each short term goal you reach, it becomes easier to achieve your long term goals. And if for some reason your goals are not reached, it is important not to sit in an obscure haze of frustration but to understand that every man falls short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). The vital action that supersedes all forms of self reflecting doubt is whether or not you will dust the cloud of guilt off and continue towards your aspirations. Isaiah 41:10 says So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God, I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Also meditate on this verse, James 1:3 because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.
As this year is coming to an end, we want to know, what are your New Year’s Resolutions?
Monday, December 14, 2009
Posted by Bishop Charles E. Blake at 6:14 PM