Resolution One: I will live for God.
Resolution Two: If no one else does, I still will.
~ Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758)
As 2015 closes and 2016 opens, many of us will make resolutions for the New Year. We can all think of common resolutions to quit this, do that, lose this, et cetera—perhaps we made one ourselves last year or in previous years. While all of these are rooted in positivity, 1 Timothy 4:8 reminds us, “For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.” Although there is nothing in the Bible or notable in Christian tradition about New Year’s resolutions, many good stewards take advantage of this time of year to become closer to the Lord. Whatever your resolution may be, turn to the Lord. Ask the Lord for guidance, strength and perseverance in achieving your resolutions. In his letter to the Philippians, Paul writes: “I can do everything through Him who gives me strength,” (Phil 4:13). If God is the center of our New Year’s resolutions, they have a better chance for success.