On New Years Day last year, I wrote and published this post following my reflections on the year before. I’m reposting and updating this post for 2018; because it is just as true, just as relevant and just as needed as ever. Some content I have removed, I’ve fixed sentences where needed and I’ve added new goals for this year and the years to come.Something I have been learning for a few years now is that ultimately, New Years resolutions are a waste of my time. Most of us try to form a resolution (or a couple of them) every new year but how many of us ever actually complete them?
Rarely have I completed a resolution I set out to complete at the start of the year. No matter how hard I try I often forget within weeks or months of setting our yearly goal.
This year and for the years to come, I want to commit to something else. Because I so often fail to keep yearly resolutions, I feel it would be beneficial to seek long term goals instead of short term resolutions. I’m not interested in a one-year one-time-only event that I might never do again.
Therefore, I am
- Resolved, as a man of God, to pursue the trait of godliness by the growth of the fruit of the Spirit – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness and self-control.
- Resolved, regardless of where I live, to live humbly in light of the glory of Christ and to be all there for the sake of His glorious name.
- Resolved, knowing where I am going, to live as an ambassador of Christ both at home and abroad, to be a conduit of the truth of the gospel, living in the light of the resurrection and being undaunted by the darkness of this world.
- Resolved, knowing the sovereign character of God, who holds all the universe together to be unafraid, to trust in the power of the Holy Spirit when all seems hopeless.
- Resolved, as a child of God redeemed by the blood of Jesus and filled with the Holy Spirit, to take up the fight against sin and Satan in my own life and in this world, for my good and for His glory.
- Resolved, in view of my relationship with Christ, to endeavour to take a hold of spiritual disciplines, including prayer, worship, scripture reading, serving, to name a few to grow closer in relationship to God, grow in godliness and seek His face.
- Resolved, to live outside of my comfort zone, continuously stepping out in faith to do things which make me feel uncomfortable and powerless were it not for God.
- Resolved, knowing what I know about mission and social justice, to live a life of conviction worked out in action by faith, making use of my time, resources and abilities to make a difference however possible for the glory of God and the good of others.
- Resolved, as a servant in the church, to serve in ministry diligently and to the best of my abilities, willingly giving up time, resources and energy to see children, youth and fellow church members encounter Jesus Christ personally, whether in Australia or overseas.
- Resolved, this year and every year, to focus on where I am and what I am doing, lest I get distracted from the here and now of what I am doing and what God is doing.
- Resolved, to the best of my abilities and by the Holy Spirit within, to follow the calling God has placed on my heart and to walk in the will and the purposes of God wherever He leads.
This list of resolutions is by no means complete. I originally ended this post with only 6 resolutions last year and last year ended at number 9. I will revisit this throughout the year, at the beginning of next year and in the years to come, as a vessel for long and lasting change in my life. Should I think of a new goal tomorrow, next week or next month, I shall return here to add it in.
I’m not interested in a small change for a year – I’m interested in a long-lasting, long-term change for the good of my entire life. This is a worthwhile goal to have not only for 2018 but worthwhile for far beyond.
In addition to these resolutions, in my reflections I remembered that I have felt God provide a word at the beginning of the year for the year ahead for the last two years. This word has been a summary of where the year has headed and I’m sure that this year will be no different.
- 2016: Conviction
- 2017: Godliness
- 2018: Focus
So with all of this in mind, I say with Jonathan Edwards, the inspiration for this post with his 70 life resolutions, I humbly entreat God by His grace to enable me to keep resolutions I would make for my life, so long as they are agreeable to His will and magnify the glory of Christ.