At the start of a new year, everyone talks about resolutions. Some people make a massive list. Some make only a handful of resolutions. Some don’t even bother because they just know they won’t be able to keep them anyway.
Here are my thoughts on making resolutions and a challenge to be resolved to praise God with your life.
Everyone today is telling us to be kind, to be nice, to be good. Organizations promote “niceness.” Schools train children how to manage their behavior so that they will not offend anyone. Behavior modification, anger management, sensitivity training, and more are taught to employees, students, executives, and families in an effort to make people nicer and more friendly.
But is just not offending anyone how we should define kindness? Or is kindness more active than just not causing offense?
What is Christmas all about? If getting gifts is what it is all about, or even if family or fun or food is what you focus on, perhaps we’re missing the point. In fact, Christmas would be pointless. . . . If all that matters at Christmas is the food, the fun, the gifts – what we get – then Christmas will be unfulfilling and we’ll get past Christmas only to feel that there is always something more that we could have gotten. . . . Christmas is pointless – unless we change our focus.
What is your heart’s desire? Does your heart’s desire match what God wants? Is your heart’s desire consistent with who you are? In Romans 10:1, Paul says, “Brothers, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for the Israelites is that they may be saved.”
So do you have a grudge against someone? You know, the kind where even the thought of that person turns your stomach or makes you boil inside? Maybe this person has said some things about you behind your back that really hurt. Or someone laughed at you when you made a mistake and you just can’t stand being around them anymore. . . .Hey, looks like a good reason for a grudge, huh? Not really. . . . Let's talk about making peace. . . .