I’ve never been big on New Year’s resolutions.
I mean, I think sometimes we say we want to do things that we really have no intentions of doing. But the more I’ve been praying about there upcoming year, the more I realize that there are a few things that we all can resolve to do in 2016:
Spend More Time In Prayer & In The Word
I’ve been married to my wife now for almost 13 years and I can still remember how much time we spent together when we first started dating.
If I wasn’t in class or on a baseball field, we were together. We’d spend hours simply talking about our dreams, our favorite foods, our favorite colors, the things we liked or disliked.
Because we wanted to get to know each other.
Time in prayer and in the Word is how we get to know the heart of God. And if I can be completely honest, we NEED to go from knowing about God to knowing the heart of God.
It would do us well to resolve to get to know Him more intimately this year.
Even If We Think We’re Right, There’s No Need To Be A Jerk
Look, there are plenty of things that we may not agree with.
I mean, just log on to Facebook or Twitter right now and scroll through your feed. I promise you, you’ll see all sorts of posts about guns, national security, the upcoming election, and cats. Okay, so cats are not all that controversial, I just threw that one in there.
Just because we believe we’re right does not give us the right to be jerks.
Love is never a jerk.
Nowhere in my Bible do I read anything about it being okay to be a jerk. So why are we so quick to become one when we disagree?
I believe we can be passionate and not be jerks.
It would do us well to resolve not to be jerks, even if we think we are right.
Stop Trying To Change People
We need to stop doing this, like, yesterday.
As a follower of Jesus my job is not to change people. My job is to love people to the place in which they have an encounter with the God Who makes all things new, with the God Who changes us as we get to know Him.
Let’s be honest, trying to change people is impossible and exhausting, but loving people, loving people can be extremely rewarding, if we simply try it.
I believe with all of my heart that our job is to love people by speaking truth in love and allowing Jesus to manifest through me, and God’s job is to transform them into His likeness.
It would do us well to resolve to stop tying to change people and allow God to do that.
I’m praying that 2016 is a year in which we all grow closer to Jesus.
I’m praying that lives are forever changed.
I’m praying that 2016 is a year in which we can look back on and think, “Man, Jesus changed my life radically forever!”