The start of a new year is often the time many of us decide to make changes in our lives: lose weight, exercise more, give up a bad habit, start a Bible-reading plan, or some other change.
There’s nothing wrong with making New Year’s resolutions. For many people, it’s just the spark they need to get started. But for a lot of us, making resolutions is a lot easier than actually keeping them. Maybe part of the problem is that we try to make changes on our own, without a good support system in place. So finding an exercise buddy, or asking a good friend to hold you accountable for your Bible-reading plan can help you hold fast to your resolution.
I’m also reminded of an old hymn, “I Am Resolved” (written by Palmer Hartsough and published by Fillmore Brothers in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1896). The second verse says, “I am resolved to go to the Savior, leaving my sin and strife; He is the true one, He is the just one, He hath the words of life.” The third verse continues the thought: “I am resolved to follow the Savior, faithful and true each day; Heed what he sayeth, do what he willeth, He is the living way.”
There’s a lot of truth in that hymn. Following Jesus is the only way to a new life — he is the way, the truth and the life, as it says in John 14. In Christ, we can become the people he wants us to be.
I don’t think Paul was making a New Year’s resolution, but he said something appropriate in 1 Cor. 2:2: “For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.”
As we start a new year, let’s make this verse our first, and most important, resolution. The rest will follow.