Speaking the Truth in Love

New Years Resolutions

Yes, it’s that time again. It is the time of year when we usually commit ourselves
to several worthy goals. We do this because we want to make our lives and faith better.
We want to improve, and that is a worthy goal. I have noticed that most of our
resolutions revolve around money, health, and family. While these are worthy goals, what would it look like if you could set the
resolutions for the church or your family? I would venture to say that we would set a
much more rounded, holistic set of resolutions. As I reflected on this question, I came
up with a list that I think is a good start. It is not perfect by any means but these are the
things I would like to see myself and others focus on.
• Pray more (1 Thess. 5:17).
• Invest in your God given talents (1 Tim. 4:14-15; Matt. 25:14-30).
• Get more intentional about evangelism (1 Cor. 9:19-23).
• Care for yourself spiritually (Phil. 3:12-16; M.k 6:31; Ex. 20:8-11).
• Be willing to make the tough decisions (Acts 20:22-24).
• Confront the sin in your life (Heb. 12:1-2).
• Be forgiving of others and myself (Matt. 6:14-15).
• Love people without boundaries (1 Co. 13:1-3).
• Quit comparing myself to others (Jn. 21:20-23; 2 Cor. 10:12).
• Read more (2 Tim. 4:9, 13).
• Make family a priority (Col. 3:18-21).
• Stay focused on the Lord and his church (Acts 2:42-47).
• Continue to grow (Eph. 4:15-16; 2 Pet. 3:17-17).
• Treat others like I would like to be treated (Matt. 7:12; Isa. 1:16-17).
• Seek heavenly things above all else (Col. 3:1-2).
This is a difficult list that could take a lifetime to master, and yet, we are called to
be Christ-like in every aspect of our life. Let’s use our resolutions to ensure that we become the best Christians possible.

Jeff Arnette

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