Resolving Christian New Years Devotional

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The Resolving Christian

Julia Bettencourt

Posted December 23, 2008

…let us run with patience the race that is set before us…  Hebrews 12:1

It's time for those New Year's resolutions to roll around again.  I've think I've mentioned somewhere before that I've never been too big on New Year's resolutions because sometimes they are hard to stick to, but as a Christian I think we should all evaluate and re-evaluate our lives form time to time.

Here are some of the biggest New Year's resolutions people make and how we can apply them as Christians. 

Lose Weight 

With obesity a big problem in our culture, losing weight seems to always float to the top of the list of New Year's resolutions.  A lot of people have real problems with their weight.

As Christians, we sometimes have weight issues too.  The weight of sin holds us back, slows us down, and makes us unhealthy in our spiritual lives.

Get More Exercise

Isn't that something we all have the best of intentions of doing?  Exercising spiritually as a Christian is even more important.  Not only is our exercise good for us and makes us fit, but it has an impact on those around us.

Christ said that we would be known by our love.  How will others know about Christ unless we are exercising our Christianity and doing all we can to show that love to the world?

Break Bad Habits

Nobody wants to be around people that have bad habits.  Whether it's biting your nails, tapping your foot or fingers, or even drinking and smoking.  You become annoying, and sometimes unhealthy to be around when you have bad habits.

Christians can develop some bad habits too. What about complaining, gossiping, or just constantly having a bad attitude?  No one will want to hang around us either unless we resolve to change those things.

Volunteer to Help Others 

This is one of those things that people tend to care about just after Christmas.  How about all those people who get caught up in watching every Christmas movie that pulls at your inner good?

I'm sure you know the movies I'm talking about.  The premise is that just being and doing good can change the world.  Some people get pulled into that and resolve to be nicer themselves.

And hey, don't get me wrong.  I'm a big fan of "It's a Wonderful Life" and "A Christmas Carol" too, and I would love this earth to be full of nicer people.  Unfortunately, the world leaves out the part that only Christ can truly change lives.  Sure, there are good moral people that do great charitable things, but they are empty without Christ.

On the other hand, those of us who know Christ and have a relationship with Him should be the nice ones.  We should want to do the good things.  We shouldn't be the Scrooges of the world.  Shouldn't a "mean Christian" be an oxymoron?

Spend More Time with Family

Sometimes it does take the holidays to roll around for us to realize that we don't spend enough time with our family and loved ones, so I think that's a great New Year's resolution for anyone.

I probably don't spend enough time with my Heavenly Father.  This makes me realize I should pray more and read God's Word more.  You know, spend that quality time with Christ

Get a Better Education or Learn Something New 

I think that's an admirable New Year's resolution.  Whether it's going back to college or just taking some classes to better ourselves in whatever area it may be in or even just taking up a new hobby.

Bettering our education as a Christian couldn't hurt any of us either.  Really digging into God's Word and finding out what God's Word says on various topics helps to equip us for life.

Reduce Stress 

Don't you all wish we could just do that automatically?  Reducing stress in our lives helps us on an everyday basis just to function properly and be at our healthiest.

A great way to reduce stress as a Christian is just to allow God control of our lives.  Just allowing Him to be in charge can take all that stress off of us and put things in perspective.

Get Out of Debt

With the economy like it is, I know people are struggling so of course getting bills under control is going to be right up there on the New Year's resolution list.

Aren't you glad that as a Christian, our debt was paid in full when Christ died for us on the cross?  I'm so glad that we don't have to struggle to pay off our sin debt and I'm so thankful that Christ gave himself freely for us so that we can live forever with Him in for eternity.

Enjoy Life More 

In today's society we are so caught up into the busy pace that we do fail to slow down and enjoy life.  We fail to stop and smell those roses.

This reminds me that I need to start the year out with a thankful heart.  I need to slow down and enjoy those things the Lord has blessed me with and be grateful for family, friends, and the wonderful things that have been placed in my path.

Christ has done so much for me and He gives me life worth living.

I think that those verses in Hebrews 12, 1, 2 can make a great resolution for us as Christians.

Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,

Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.   Hebrews 12:1,2

It kind of sums things up for us as what we need to do.  I think it's a great New Year's plan for us as Christians.  We need to get rid of the sin that slows us down, and anything that doesn't go in line for us as Christians.

Life is a race and we need to have that mindset to run it to win as a Christian.  Also, when we are looking to Jesus, and what the kingdom of God is all about, we are going to be doing all we can to show our love as Christians, walk in the Spirit, and show Christ to the world.

So, what are you resolved to do this year?

Copyright ©2008 Julia Bettencourt
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