1. Read less. It makes you think. 2. Stop Exercising. It's a waste of time. 3. Gain weight. At least 30 pounds. 4. Watch more TV. I’ve been missing some good stuff. 5. Get more toys. 6. Get further in debt. 7. Focus more on the faults of others. 8. Mope more about my own faults. 9. Wait around more for opportunity. 10. Create more loose ends. 11. Procrastinate more. 12. Get in a whole new rut.
New Year’s Resolutions, in and of themselves, are admirable. By contrast, however, as followers of Christ, it behooves us to consider such resolutions that are actually productive. For we may well laugh at the ridiculousness of these assertions; but, while they are indeed easily enough attainable, they are in no way productive, either for us, or for anyone we impact, or for the kingdom of God at large.
What, then, are some worthy resolutions that we might ought to consider as followers of Jesus Christ? A few come to mind, which I might suggest here – all of which are based on Biblical examples…
First, like Jacob, we might do well to consider making a New Year’s resolution concerning our commitment to the House of God. In Genesis 28, Jacob did just that.
Next, like David, we might do well to consider making a New Year’s resolution considering our commitment to the Word of God. David did just that in Psalm 119.
Last, like Daniel, we might do well to consider making a New Year’s resolution considering our commitment to the Call of God. Daniel did that in Daniel 1.
In each case, Jacob, David, and Daniel all resolved to commit afresh and anew to some aspect of their relationship to Almighty God. As followers of Jesus Christ, perhaps we would do well to follow their respective examples. For while their individual commitments may not be all that easy to fulfill, they are nonetheless very worthy in their intended purpose.