New Years Resolutions usually consist of starting to do things that we should already be doing, or stopping things we shouldn't be doing. We'll say, “I need to be more disciplined, healthier, and form better habits.” What we should be saying is, “I need to live for the glory of God in all I do."
Ok, so I won’t drag you in to my mess and speak for you. This is my confession and probably isn’t your sentiment at all.
As every year ends and a new one begins I’ll get into this zone where I reflect on the past year. I’ll think about the bad habits formed and the good ones that have dwindled into the background. I’ll think about the ways I should re-set and improve my daily life for the year to come and then bam! I wish them upon a New Year’s star and then I’m good to go. Joey 3.0, ready to rock 2015.
Why do I need to “re-up” these commitments on January 1st? Am I just as serious when I re-up on March 12th, July 1st, or November 5th?
Here are some personal examples:
January 1st, I will start eating better and more effectively take care of God’s temple (this body that He gave me); especially since I’ve really slacked off during the holidays. It’s one thing to share a feast with family and friends, and I totally get splurging a bit, but I take things too far. But these splurges are justified because I’m going to get my act together, right? For sure, I’ll get it together…on January 1st. I’ll live for God’s glory with my heart, soul, mind, and stomach in January. In the meantime, pass me another one of those triple-dipped choco-fudge cookie treats, now that I’ve finished my Christmas pound cake.
On January 1st, I will be a better steward of my time. For those of you who know me well, you know that I’m big into time efficiency. I totally understand taking breaks, but unfortunately, the holiday season brings all good habits of mine to a halt. I struggle with talking to God consistently, I struggle with reading the bible sufficiently, I struggle with selfishness, and I don’t exercise…all in the name of “taking a break.”
On January 1st, I will stop my internet fraud. Okay, I shouldn’t kid about that. Identity theft is not a joke, millions of families suffer every year.
So, many of you will think that I’m just being too hard on myself, or maybe I’m being too legalistic. If that’s the case then you need to “get behind me satan.” LOL. But really though.
Here’s the deal, I’d be legalistic if I thought that God was going to love me more if I cleaned my act up. I’d be legalistic for sure if I thought that I was better than someone else for tidying up my own life. But, legalistic for calling myself out? For having the audacity to choose when I live for God with all my heart, soul, mind, and body?
Would you also call me legalistic for eating three meals each day, for drinking sufficient amounts of water, and sleeping 8 hours a night? Nah, you’d say these are just good habits.
Well, last I heard, God is more concerned about us drinking living water for the Spirit, and this comes right from Jesus. When I truly do this He will bring about “New Years Resolutions”daily as I live a life of sacrifice for Him.
Truth is, my mind hasn’t been fixed on Jesus, and as I write this on Dec. 30th, I’m repentingnow. I’m not going to wait until January 1st.