Resolved: I Will Live for God (A New Year’s Resolution)

Resolved: I Will Live For God (A New Year's Resolution)

Updated on January 1, 2017

Happy New Year! Welcome to Savoring Home, a collection of scribbles by a stay-at-home wife who writes. Here’s where I talk about home, family, faith – and today, new year’s resolutions.

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Your New Year’s Resolution

Will you make a resolution for the new year? A promise to change your habits, stretch yourself, or try something new? The shiny new year is a good time for new beginnings.

Last night, as I caught up on my web reading, a resolutions article crossed my Google feed. Sharon Smith (no relation) 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.

Life’s Too Short to Stay Stuck

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 faith and prayer. If you’re stuck in the past, ask God to help you release your anger, resentment, worry, fear, negativity, 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.

Resolved: I Will Live for God - A New Year's Resolution

Paul is the main inspiration for my resolution. In his letter to the Philippians, this New Testament leader endorsed forgetting the past and embracing the future with Christ.

He made it his mission to “press toward the goal” and “reach for the prize” to which God called him (Philippians 3:13-14).

Jonathan Edwards, that great revivalist, also inspires me. This 18th century theologian crafted 70 Resolutions to help him grow in grace.

Now, nearly 300 years later, his resolutions remind us 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,” he wrote, “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.”

Edwards made a commitment to check his resolutions once a week, to ensure he stayed on track. His first resolution set the stage for those that followed, and it pretty much defined his life mission:

“Resolved, that I will do whatsoever I think to be most to God’s glory, and my own good … and most for the good and advantage of mankind.”

And Now, Over to You

Thank you for reading my post. Now it’s YOUR turn to chime in. Name one goal you have for the new year. What steps will you take to achieve it?

I would love to hear your plans for the new year. Let’s fill the comments with friendly conversation.

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Blessings, Annette


Photo source: Assy | Pixabay | CC0
Reference sources: Biography, Christian History Institute

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