New Years Resolutions
Okay. It is the twenty-seventh of January. How long did you last in your new years’ resolutions? Strava is a social-networking website used by athletes and they have published a study showing that most people abandon their health-related resolutions by January 12th. January 12th! A separate study, done by the University of Scranton, found that only 8% of people actually fulfill their new years’ resolutions. Maybe next year, we should all resolve to make exercise until January 13th!
What this illustrates is that it is exceedingly difficult to change our behavior, especially in those areas that we know we should change but really don’t want to change. Exercising, for me, is not very high on my list. I am one of those people who find it easy to start exercising; I’ve done it hundreds of times! The challenge, as with 92% of Americans, is to keep exercising.
But, physical exercise is not the highest priority on the Christians’ to-do list. There are lots of reasons to exercise and to eat right. But exercising for our spiritual health is much more important and pays dividends into eternity. First, did you make any spiritual new years’ resolutions? How are you in that area? Did you plan to read the Bible more? Pray more? Be at more Bible studies or worship services? Did you plan to talk to others about Jesus more? Control your tongue better?
Even if you have stumbled at your spiritual new years’ resolutions, as a Christian you can always start again, every day. The lovingkindness of the Lord is new every morning (Lam 3:22-24). Start today doing more for the Lord and being more involved with fellow Christians.