Over the next couple of weeks we will be bombarded with ideas for New Years Resolutions. Join the gym, start a diet, read more, eat more vegetables, etc.
Do you usually make one of these resolutions? Are you ever successful? I make them every year and I just can’t seem to follow through. I guess I just don’t have the discipline.
Perhaps our resolutions should be to change from the inside out. Take a look at things Peter says we should work on …
“For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love.” 2 Peter 1:5-7
Think about your life as you read these seven qualities. What happens to your character if you ignore even one of these qualities. It starts to unravel. All these things are related.
Be honest, are you doing all you can to add to your faith goodness?
Are you seeking knowledge?
Are you practicing self-control?
So you persevere in times of trouble?
Do you seek godliness?
Do you show kindness to the people around you?
Do you love others?
That sounds like quite a list to work on over the next year. These kinds of resolutions will yield eternal benefits. They are the only kind of New Years Resolutions I am choosing to think about over the next year.
What are your resolutions?