As we begin a new year, many turn to making resolutions. This is an age-old tradition in many cultures. Christians too have their particular opinions on resolutions (i.e., on making them, not making them, or how to make them). Instead of giving advice on how to make resolutions, let me ask this question: Where would you like to see yourself in a year from now–spiritually speaking? What virtues would you want to become more evident in your life? What corners would you like to turn in your current sinful ways of thinking? What false ideas or distorted beliefs in your mind need to be renewed? Be specific. Write these down on a piece of paper, or make a note to yourself on your cell phone, iPad, or computer. Send yourself an email, if you have more than one email account. Tell someone close to you what you resolve to do through the empowering of the Holy Spirit.
If you do choose to make New Year’s resolutions, do so in keeping with the wisdom of Jonathan Edwards. He reminds us to make resolutions . . .
- for Christ’s sake