Its 2019! We survived another year! It has again reached the time where everyone is about to jump back into their regular routines and try to fulfill their New Year’s resolutions. Though resolutions related to physical health can be great and fun, what about spiritual health? How can each of us make a spiritual resolution personalized to our individual needs?
I have considered my ways and have turned my steps to your statutes.
How can we make any sort of resolution to change if we don’t know what needs changing? Observe how you use your time, money, and energy. My attention has recently been brought to the fact that entertainment is growing in popularity. This includes movies, phones, books, social media, magazines, the list goes on. I suggest examining yourself for using your time in the wrong areas. Try to use some of this time for something more profitable. Spend time in the Word, go on a hike, talk with friends and family. Figure out what you see in yourself that needs to be replaced.
Read the Word
But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it-not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it they will be blessed in what they do.
Ask God what needs to change in your life. Take the time to dive into scripture and read about what he truly wants from you as part of the Body of Christ. And once you find what you need to work on or strengthen, do it. COMMIT. Whether it is physically, spiritually, or mentally, COMMIT. This is something that humans as a whole struggle with. Commitment to anything is difficult and scary. However, the Lord tells us that if we continue to carry out the work he has given us to do, we will be blessed.
Give it to God
The heart of a man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
One of the scariest things for many people, including myself, is trust. It is one of the most difficult parts for me in my Christian walk. Take a leap of faith, let God do his work in you. Lay everything at his feet, stand aside, and watch the good he will do through you. Independence is great, but NO ONE can be independent from God. Without him, we could never execute his plan for our lives.
So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.
1 Corinthians 10:31
Though it is difficult to believe, everything you do should be done for the Lord. EVERYTHING. Ask yourself if what you do is with God in mind. Why do you get up in the morning? Why do you go to school/work? Why do you have the friends you do? Let’s make this our resolution. Do everything to and for God.
Happy New Year!