Whatever you want to call the time between Christmas and New Year: Christmas Limbo, Twixmas etc. It definitely gives time for reflection (along with all the food of course).
So my reflecting has been on New Year’s Resolutions…
Should we make them? Why should we make them? What’s the point of them? (especially when many of them last only a few weeks at best)
Christmas is all about Christ (it’s in the name…) so surely the rest of the year should also be all about Jesus. And that includes our New Year’s Resolutions.
Maybe the reason many of our New Year’s resolutions never seem to last very long is because we’re often doing them in our own strength and not God’s strength.
I’ve been challenged to pray and seek God’s guidance before making any resolutions for 2017. Let’s look first to God, and not to ourselves. Philippians 4v13 says “I can do all things through Him who gives me strength.” It’s in God’s strength that we do his will.
Adam and Eve are evidence that when we try to do things in our own strength we fail. In fact take a look at most of the Old Testament and you’ll see that that’s the case. It’s the reason the world was in need of a Saviour that first Christmas.
When our lives are founded on Jesus, our New Year resolutions won’t be based on being a ‘better’ version of ourselves. Because God has already made us the best through Jesus.
So this New Year’s don’t make resolutions you know you won’t be able to keep; make resolutions you will only be able to keep with God at your side, living and working in you every day. And remember there’s grace for when we rely on our own strength and not God’s.