As we enter 2023 let us avoid falling into making resolutions of things we cannot keep. I read that by the end of February approximately 70% of all resolutions have not been kept. What are the reasons they were not kept? The article didn’t really say. I believe there are probably several excellent reasons, you fall ill or become injured, you change jobs or have to change shifts, or a family member becomes ill or injured and you are seeing to their needs.
Most of the time, probably, failure occurs because we don’t count the cost of our resolutions, you know, can you really, cold turkey stop eating all those chocolate bars in one month? Probably not, so why not just ease into it? Cut back by 20% the first month and another 20% the next month. This can be applied to any resolution.
What if, with the Lord’s help, we vowed to pray more, study, and read scripture more? Even start memorizing scriptures. We have, in 1 Thessalonians 5:12-28, a pattern for the New Year! Christian Conduct But we request of you, brethren, that you appreciate those who diligently labor among you, and have charge over you in the Lord and give you instruction, and that you esteem them very highly in love because of their work. Live in peace with one another. We urge you, brethren, admonish the unruly, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with everyone. See that no one repays another with evil for evil, but always seek after that which is good for one another and for all people. Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. Do not quench the Spirit; do not despise prophetic utterances. But examine everything carefully: hold fast to that which is good; abstain from every form of evil. Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Faithful is He who calls you, and He also will bring it to pass. Brethren, pray for us. Greet all the brethren with a holy kiss. I adjure you by the Lord to have this letter read to all the brethren. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.
Do these things, depend on His strength to do them, and He will bring it to pass!
So, in this New Year, The Lord bless you, and keep you; The Lord make His face shine on you, And be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance on you, And give you peace.
That is from Numbers 6:24-26