Your New Year resolution...Give God the best of the new year!

"Misery loves company."

That saying makes me think of one thing...

...a New Year resolution!

At the end of every year, we Americans begin making plans to "turn over a new leaf." With that we make several outrageous claims, promises and vows that we, in all honesty, have no intention of keeping.

But we make them anyway...

...we obsess about our job...

...we obsess about our weight...

...we obsess about our health...

...we obsess about our family life...

...we obsess...

...we obsess...

...and then...

...we obsess some more!

How miserable can it get...

...and we have plenty of company!

Then, two weeks into the new year, we forget all about the promises we made and go on just as we did before.

No obsessing anymore...

...until the end of the year when we start the process all over again.

I personally don't like using trite phrases to make a point, but I can't resist this time. One person expressed the problem this way.

"No one fails to plan. They only plan to fail."

Great words...

...but I have shocking news for the person who said that...

...the Bible said it first!

Actually it was the words of Christ in Luke 14:28-30 that make almost every New Year's resolution obsolete. Jesus said...

For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it? Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him, Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish.

The point?

If you fail to plan you might as well plan to fail.

And the context of this passage is even more interesting. It directly relates to the way a Christian should face all of life, including his New Year resolution.

Christ was speaking of those who would follow Him. The exact application indicated was that someone who did not make Christ the center of his life would never successfully find God. Only a truly dedicated follower would be worthy to be called a "disciple."

But this passage has an application for the believer as well.

Such an ideal (maybe we should call it a reality) should dictate how a Christian approaches all of life. We are followers of Christ, therefore our New Year resolution belongs to Him. We plan to live our lives in honor and glory of Him.

I think it's appropriate that someone decided to start celebrating Christmas on December 25. Why not prepare yourself for our New Year's resolution by remembering the One who made it all possible, Jesus Christ.

Unfortunately, most of us miss the point of Christmas, and our mediocre attempt at a New Year resolution proves it. We forget the Reason for the season, so we forget the Reason for all of life as well.

It is our responsibility as Christians to bring glory to God in everything we do.

I Corinthians 10:31 tells us...

Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.

It's pretty plain that the whole of life, including our new year, belongs to God.

So next time you're stressing over how many pounds you need to shed or whether or not you should quit your job for a better one, think, "What does Christ want me to do as His follower? What will bring Him the glory?"

If you realize your decisions don't just affect you and your family but the Son of God and His relationship with you, maybe that'll put it in better perspective for you.

Don't start building the house...

...until you first count the cost.

Ask Christ what He wants for your New Year resolution.


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