It is the time of year when we usually commit ourselves to several worthy goals. We do this because we want to make our lives and faith better. We want to improve and that is a worthy goal. I have noticed that most of our resolutions revolve around money, health, and family.
While these are worthy goals, what would it look like if we could set the resolutions for the church or our family? I would venture to say that we would set a much more rounded, holistic set of resolutions. As I reflected on this question, I came up with a list that I think is a good start. It is not perfect by any means but these are the things I would like to see myself and others focus on.
• Pray more – 1 Thessalonians 5:17. • Invest in our God-given talents – 1 Timothy 4:14-15; Matthew 25:14-30. • Get more intentional about evangelism – 1 Corinthians 9:19-23. • Care for ourselves spiritually – Philippians 3:12-16; Mark 6:31; Exodus 20:8-11. • Be willing to make the tough decisions – Acts 20:22-24. • Confront the sin in our life – Heb. 12:1-2. • Be forgiving of others and self – Matthew 6:14-15. • Love people without boundaries – 1 Corinthians 13:1-3. • Quit comparing ourselves to others – John 21:20-23; 2 Corinthians 10:12. • Read more – 2 Timothy 4:9,13. • Make family a priority – Colossians 3:18-21. • Stay focused on the Lord and His church – Acts 2:42-47. • Continue to grow – Ephesians 4:15-16; 2 Peter 3:17-17 • Treat others like we would like to be treated – Matthew 7:12; Isaiah 1:16-17. • Seek heavenly things above all else – Colossians 3:1-2.
This is a difficult list that could take a lifetime to master, and yet we are called to be Christ-like in every aspect of our life. Let’s use our resolutions to ensure that we become the best Christian possible. – Jeff Arnette, Clyde, NC