Every year, New Year’s Day seems to be the day we beckon ourselves to "come and fail.” The pain. The anguish. The guilt. Why do we do this to ourselves? We know we are not all that we are supposed to be. We want to be better.
- Eat better — 37 percent
- Exercise more — 37 percent
- Spend less money — 37 percent
- Self-care (e.g. getting more sleep) — 24 percent
- Read more books —18 percent
- Learn a new skill — 15 percent
- Get a new job — 14 percent
- Make new friends — 13 percent
- New hobby — 13 percent
- Focus more on appearance — 12 percent
Asking yourself the following questions about your resolutions may help you discover your motivation:
- Will this resolution help me love the Lord and His grace with more of my heart, mind, soul or strength?
- Will this resolution help me "love my neighbor as myself?"
- Who does this resolution glorify? Me or God? (Yes, it is possible to be good for me and glorify God.)
- Do any of my resolutions push forward our mission as a Christian of making disciples?
Here are three areas I want to encourage you to consider as we kick off another year of ministry:
- One Night meeting on Saturday, Jan. 13 at 10:30 a.m. I have some important details I want to share with you as we start the countdown to One Night. If you are interested in serving at this special needs prom I look forward to talking with you on Saturday.
- This Sunday we will begin a new series. I have entitled the series We Are. I’m so excited about the next three weeks as we discuss the DNA of the community that God is building at New Life. In addition each Sunday evening we will gather to talk about practical applications from the Sunday morning message.
- Community Groups are set to start the week of Jan. 22. Like last semester we will provide a few options during the week to connect with a community group. I hope you will make plans to connect with a community group this upcoming semester.