For many, this time of year marks a hope for new beginnings. It is a time of year when people think about their lives and what they can do to be happier or healthier. They decide on a course of action to achieve more joy or better health and with a firm determination they set out to achieve their goal. We call this a New Year’s Resolution. I wonder how many of you made a New Year’s Resolution this year. I resolved to be more righteous in 2016. Jesus said, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled” (Matthew 5:6). The Apostle Paul says that a man of God “pursues righteousness” (1 Timothy 6:11). Like other people, I made this resolution to be motivated to change. But my motivation comes from a deep desire within to do the right thing not just in my conduct, but also in my thoughts.
Here’s the thing, only about 8% of people achieve success with their New Year’s resolution. Too often people try to change on their own. But to have success in any kind of change in our lives involves changing our behavior and in order to change our behavior we have to change our thinking. You can’t just will a change or transformation, rather transformation happens “by the renewing of your mind” (Romans 12:2). But we can’t do this on our own. We need help, we need support, and we need accountability. For me, I need to spend more time with Jesus to have success with my resolution to become more righteous, virtuous and honorable.
Now, I don’t know if you made a resolution or not, but I do know that we can all enjoy more time with God. So my prayer is that each of you takes a moment out of your schedule to give a little bit of yourself to Him. Whether in prayer, Bible reading, singing, dancing, whatever it is that helps you connect to Him, I hope that you glorify Him each day with who you are.
Happy New Year!