Every year, thousands of well-meaning people create New Year’s Resolutions. Every one of them carries with it a barrage of hope, good intentions, scorn and unfulfilled promises. By the time February 1st rolls around, most of them have been left by the wayside, exactly where we all hoped we’d be leaving large amounts of weight or poor life choices instead.
But does that make them irrelevant or unimportant?
The human capacity to dream dreams and believe for a better future is one of the things that defines us. In the Bible, we hear the prophet Joel talking about dreaming dreams and the Apostle Paul talking about continuing to run a race to completion. In more recent times, the Rev Dr Martin Luther King Jr redefined how we look at the idea of dreaming, aided by Desmond Tutu and others who both fought for a better future and spoke eloquently about it.
But it’s in the book of Proverbs that the real understanding for our dreams come. Very simply, Proverbs 29:18 (KJV) says that, “where there is no vision, the people perish.”
That’s why we have resolutions. It’s not just about wanting to have a better beach body. It’s about our belief that there is a better future to be had and believing that these resolutions may help us see and achieve that. New Year’s Resolutions, at their core, are really about a better vision for your life.
This is also why I suggest including God at the centre of your resolutions. He’s got the best vision of all for your life and when you set your heart on that vision, you’d be stunned how much easier it is to see it through.
Why not make your #1 resolution a year to spend 5-10 minutes a day, every day, in prayer and bible reading?
You might be amazed what you can see ahead.
For accountability’s sake, here are my top 4 resolutions for 2015:
- 2015 will be the Year Of Joy. At all times, in all situations, I resolve to pursue joy.
- 2015 I will be learning the ukulele. I want to help my kids learn guitar and learn a bit myself.
- 2015 I will be becoming better organised. It’s time to implement a new
- 2015 I will blog at least 20 times. Because you, dear reader, deserve it.