Calibrating Your New Year’s Resolutions
Glorifying God by Focusing on Wisdom
If you are anything like me, you may still be riding the New Year’s high, filled with renewed energy, drive, and enthusiasm for what lies ahead in 2020. I don’t make New Year’s resolutions, but somehow, the beginning of a new year always marks a time of greater motivation, goal-setting, and hunger to do more and to be better.
In reality, nothing magical happens on January 1st that wasn’t there on December 31st, yet most of us have the sense of a new beginning. Some of us may even be relieved that the previous year has ended, as if all the bad things that may have happened were somehow magically wiped out, and we are free to start over - a New Year, New Us.
When I reflect on this New Year’s phenomena, I am reminded of the real miracle that is worth every bit of our excitement, enthusiasm, and joy – that is the forgiveness of our sins and the new life we have in Christ Jesus. As the apostle Paul excitedly stated: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” (2 Corinthians 5:17 NIV).
So while there is nothing wrong with feeling energized about the New Year, consider how your new habits, resolutions, and commitments can bring glory to the only One worthy of our praise and worship, to the giver of Life. I encourage you to pray for wisdom and guidance on what meaningful change you can make in your everyday life that would glorify God, and make others take notice (James 1:5). Just remember, there is no power in New Year’s resolutions, the power to make things new comes from the Lord himself. (Philippians 4:13, John 15:5).
On behalf of The Wisdom Academy, a ministry for people in the workplace, I would like to warmly invite you to consider joining us for our ever popular “Godly Wisdom in the Workplace” 7-week class that starts on January 30 at Northland. At The Wisdom Academy we believe that every follower of Christ is in full-time ministry, regardless of their professional career (Colossians 3:17), which is why we teach and empower people to blend Biblical and organizational principles in their workplace for better business, and for the glory of Christ. To find out more about the ministry and the upcoming class, visit: northlandchurch.net/WisdomAcademy.