Happy New Year 2017! It's natural for us at the start of something new to take inventory of where we have been and consider goals for the future. The beginning of a new year is always a good place to make resolutions for change. There are lots of great helps when it comes to initiating changes, but I always am amazed at how few address the spiritual aspect.
We are spiritual beings and without considering the spiritual, I am convinced that our resolutions and goals are doomed to fail. Have you noticed how many resolutions / goals focus on the "output"?
Based on an internet search, here are the top 5 resolutions for the new year : I want to stay fit and healthy / I want to eat less and move more / I want to enjoy life to the fullest / I want to spend less and save more / I want to have closer relationships.
What would be the impact if we changed our focus to the "input"? First: all of those same resolutions would require us to have our heart & mind right... this is a natural overflow of seeking God first above all things (Matthew 6:33). Then we would be empowered by His strength and not just what strength that we can resolve to manufacture. The focus becomes our relationship with Him! Then together, those same resolutions / goals are transformed.
As you consider your resolutions and goals for this new year, I encourage you to consider some specific spiritual goals... read through the Bible this year one day at a time / pause and read one verse a day before you get out of bed / memorize a verse a week <Fighter Verse app is a great tool!> / spend 5 minutes daily in prayer before you leave the house / invite one person a week to church / identify one person a week that I can encourage in their walk with the LORD... etc
It's amazing the change that God brings to our lives when we focus on first things first!
Post your resolutions in the comments and we will pray for you!
Posted on Sun, January 1, 2017
by Josh McClary