2013: A Fresh Start

It’s January 1, 2013.  Today, Americans all over the country are setting resolutions for the upcoming year.  According to dictionary.com, the word “resolution” means “the act of resolving or determining upon an action or course of action, method, procedure, etc.”  A “resolution” is stronger than a “goal” because it asserts planning, determination, and action.  I know what my first resolution will be: write articles for my blog more often (this if my first one in over two months).  There are numerous other resolutions I will set out to accomplish in 2013.  Some include:

1.  Continue through the Dave Ramsey steps.

2.  Have more date nights with Tammie.

3.  Finish my annual Bible reading plan (Youversion.com is perfect for this).

4.  Stay fit.

5.  Work on my skiing.  It’s still not fun for my wife to go with me.

6.  Complete more items on Renton Christian’s Strategic Plan, so that the school is better at the end of 2013 than at the start of the year.

Everyone of us failed in at least a few of our resolutions in 2012.  But it doesn’t matter because now it’s 2013.  A new, clean calendar goes on the wall, which symbolizes the new start in our lives too.

As we set our resolutions for the new year, be sure to set some spiritual goals too.  One of the most remarkable characteristics of God’s nature is his willingness to put our past behind us.  When we confess our sin and shortcomings to him, He immediately forgives and grants us a fresh start.  And God goes a step further, by re-creating us more in his image.  2 Corinthians 5:17 states, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”

We can apply that principle to a new calendar year.  The old year has gone and the new year has come.  Set some resolutions, and ask God’s help to complete them.  Recall the Apostle Paul, who was in prison when he wrote, “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength” (Philippians 4:13).  Resolve to be a better spouse, parent, employee, and most of all, follower of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.  Happy New Year!

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