Updated: January 1, 2017
Happy New Year! Welcome to my first post for Savoring Home, a collection of scribbles from a stay-at-home wife and writer. I blog about home, family, and faith. And today, new year’s resolutions!
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Your New Year’s Resolution
Have you made a new year’s resolution? A promise to change your habits, stretch yourself, or try something new? A shiny new year is a good time for new beginnings.
As I caught up on web reading last night, a resolutions article crossed my Google feed. Sharon Smith, a fellow writer (follow her on Twitter), shared her take on the time-honored New Year’s tradition.
“Resolutions are not wishes,” she wrote. “They are personal goals. Things you would like to [do] during the coming year.”
Things like letting go and moving on.
Are You Stuck in the Past?
Some people have trouble setting goals for the future because they’re stuck in the past. If this describes you, maybe it’s time to let go.
“Life is too short to hold on to things that are hurtful and unproductive,” wrote Smith. “Letting go and moving on may be exactly what you need.”
I think the best way to let go is TO GOD in prayer and faith. If you are stuck in the past, ask God to help you release your anger, resentment, worry, fear, negativity, or perfectionism. Anything that keeps you from moving on.
My New Year’s Resolution
Resolved: I will live for God and the people He brings into my life. That’s MY new year’s resolution. It centers on relationship, and it requires letting go and moving on.
The inspiration for my resolution comes from Paul. In his letter to the Philippians, this New Testament apostle wrote of forgetting the past and embracing the future.
Paul made it his mission to “press toward the goal” and “reach for the prize” to which God called him (Philippians 3:13-14).
Growing in Grace
The great revivalist Jonathan Edwards also inspired my resolution. This Puritan preacher crafted 70 Resolutions to help him grow in grace. They’re a great reminder of our need to partner with God and pray for His help.
“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,” he wrote.
Edwards made a commitment to check his resolutions once a week. The first resolution set the stage for those that follow, and it pretty much defined his life mission:
Resolved, that I will do whatsoever I think to be most to God’s glory. [And] …most for the good and advantage of mankind in general.
– JONATHAN EDWARDS
Over to You
Now it’s your turn to chime in. Name ONE goal you want to meet this year. What steps will you take to keep your new year’s resolution?
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Annette R. Smith
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Author’s Note: This post was originally published in January 2013. It has been updated for freshness, accuracy, and relevance.