New Year’s Resolutions, Goals, or Plans?

Hey Friends,

2019 is right around the corner.  In fact it is less than twelve hours away!  Many people make New Year’s Resolutions and others despise making resolutions.  The problem with resolutions is that our “resolve” tends to run out early in the New Year.  

Some people choose to make goals instead of resolutions.  Goals are good if they are specific and realistic. Often are New Year’s goals are not.

A better practice is to make plans for the New Year with God’s help.  The Bible says in Proverbs 16:1-3:

To humans belong the plans of the heart,
    but from the Lord comes the proper answer of the tongue.

 All a person’s ways seem pure to them,
    but motives are weighed by the Lord.

Commit to the Lord whatever you do,
    and he will establish your plans.

I have heard many people say 2019 is going to be a year of great spiritual growth and re-connecting with God.  That is great, provided some intentional planning is involved.  Without planning, these ideas are merely day dreams and wishful thinking.   The old adage is true, “failing to plan is planning to fail!”  If you want to grow spiritually in 2019, here are some areas in which to make your plans:

A plan to read The Bible every day

A plan to pray every day

A plan to be in church every week

A plan to be in a small group every week

A plan to serve in some way every month

A plan to share the good news with someone every month

A plan to celebrate and evaluate every three months

A plan to do a short-term mission’s trip every year

Make sure your goals are God’s goals for you.  Although there is nothing wrong with working out, eating less, flossing more, drinking less, and saving more money, God’s goals are more focused on your personal walk with Him than these other pursuits.  God would love for you to give more, sacrifice more, enjoy Him more, worship more, etc.  

I pray that 2019 will be a great year of spiritual growth for you!

In His Grip,

Pastor Jim