Life's Too Short for New Year's Resolutions

Courtesy Thomas Hawk, Flickr

Courtesy Thomas Hawk, Flickr

We need fresh resolve daily.

By Dr. DAN ERICKSON

Maybe you've gone through the ritual of making a resolution for 2017. Maybe you've already given up.

If so, don't despair. There's nothing wrong with new year's resolutions. But as a practical matter, we need God's strength and transforming power today. We're not guaranteed another year or even a tomorrow.

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus urges us to focus on the day we're in: "Give us this day our daily bread." He continues: "Seek the Kingdom of God above all else ... don’t worry about tomorrow."

A new year’s resolution means we can always start tomorrow. But somehow, tomorrow never comes. With a new day’s resolution, our commitment begins the minute our feet hit the floor.

What does it look like? It must be sincere and from your own heart. But it could go something like this: "Good morning God. What are you doing today? How can I join you?"

Then be guided by the Apostle Paul's charge: "Whatever you do, put your whole heart and soul into it, as work done for God, and not merely for men."
 
Will you resolve with me to live this day to fullest, joining God in whatever He's doing?

Imagine the possibilities!