New Year's resolutions are a good thing. They focus our thoughts and intentions
on bringing about some new behavior, attitude or accomplishment. Such
visualizations are not to be taken lightly, for the power of faith is
closely tied to our imagination. Therefore, ponder your desires and plans
for the future so that you may set your heart on noble goals. To facilitate
your evaluations of your resolutions, here are a few suggestions:
1. To what goal does God call you? The indications of the Spirit's
stirrings in your life may be seen in opportunities, inner longings,
troubled thoughts, reflections from others, or the way a sacred reading
seems to come alive.
2. Will your plans and ambitions bring new life to you and others?
Saving money, for example, is a good thing. But, for what purpose to
your intend to save money? Security? Freedom? Control? Pleasure? What
are the true sources of the outcomes you seek? How might this awareness
change the wording of your resolutions?
3. Are your future visions free from past baggage? Or, are you yet
trying to fulfill some outgrown dream or assuage some old remorse?
As Paul said it in Philippians 3:13, ". . . forgetting what is
behind and straining toward what is ahead . . ."
4. Make your plans on the basis of a God who is bigger than what you
can imagine now.
May you experience the peace of Christ in your new beginnings.