This is going to be my best year ever! Bad habits will be eliminated, positive ones will begin. It is going to be awesome! It is going to be epic! But since January 1st falls on a Friday, I will wait until Monday.
New Year’s resolutions interest me. Every year I read statistics surrounding the practice. How many people make resolutions (between 60% and 75%)? How many people keep them all year (usually less than 10%, with most failing within 3-5 weeks)? The most popular resolutions always include health, wealth, and relationships.
Even though I am interested in resolutions other people make, I don’t make them myself. Well, I make them, but always with shenanigans in mind. They go something like, “This year I resolve to eat less Brussels sprouts or asparagus.”
While I don’t really make resolutions, I do set yearly goals, and they always include reading the Bible and reading books. This past year I did not complete my Bible reading goal. I also did not finish my book reading goal. In fact, I didn’t even eat less Brussels sprouts this year – thank you Miss Endicott.
The good news is that there is no consequence for failing to reach a self-imposed goal. Didn’t read the whole Bible. No trouble; try again. Didn’t read enough books? OK, get back at it. Ate Brussels sprouts? No problem, they were delicious.
What about when we fail at goals that God sets for us? When we don’t pray as often as we need to, or love as we should? If we lose our temper or fail to keep the Sabbath holy?
Well, there is good news here also because God loves you and He is a forgiving God.
Micah 7:18, “Who is a God like you, who pardons sin and forgives the transgression of the remnant of his inheritance? You do not stay angry forever but delight to show mercy.”
I John 1:9 says, "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness."
As this this new year starts, I pray that you will go through it with the knowledge that God loves you and that He is willing and waiting to forgive.
Dr. Dan Bishop
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