New Years resolutions?!?! Did you make some? WHY??
I stopped making new New Year’s resolutions years ago. Did I want to do better, be better, be happier? Of course.
This may be a better option that I borrowed this from my pastor. “Resolved, to be a better person on December 31, 2017 than I am today through prayer, Bible study, and service to my fellow man.”
But it’s not automatic and I think that is where most of us fail. The problem with the Christian life sometimes is that it is SO daily. We have to take up our cross daily. We have to decide daily to live in obedience with Him.
These decisions include, but are not limited to what your character will be, what your attitude will be, your work ethic, your personality, how deep will your spiritual walk be, who will be your friends, what are your guiding life principles, how will you treat the people around you, how will you deal with conflict or disappointment or failure, how will you represent yourself to other, and there are many more decisions that you haven’t even realized yet.
Some of these decisions you will have to make every day this summer. Many will be hard or require you to work at them. Most will take discipline. Some will cost you in time, friends or activities you cannot do.
The Apostle Paul reminds us, “But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:13b-14)