One Life Changing Resolution to Make this Year
Whenever the calendar turns to January 1st, I step on the scale to take stock of my weight. Mostly to see the damage that the holiday cookies have done. This number on the scale is usually higher than I would like it. Usually as I step off the scale I begin my proclamation that this is the year I am finally going to lose the weight.
During my weight loss quest, I begin my battle against cookies. I fight against the cravings of fast food and sugary drinks. I avoid the candy in the break room at work and politely excuse myself from invitations to lunch. “Let’s get coffee instead,” I might say.
Inevitably, come the second week of February I have been vanquished by the cookie monster and can be found in the break room asking people if they have any more candy. I may have lost 10 pounds in January, but I don’t usually continue to lose the weight throughout the year that I proclaimed I would weeks earlier.
This year, I asked God what would be a better proclamation to make in the new year. What could last me through the year and help strengthen me in my battles against the cookie monsters and debt dragons in my life.
A story of Billy Graham came to my mind, one where Graham was asked if he had any regrets in ministry. Billy responded not by addressing his regrets, but by sharing what he wished he would’ve done differently. Billy said, “I would’ve thanked God more.”
Arguably the greatest evangelist of this generation, Graham knew both the power of thanking God and recognized that even he didn’t do it enough.
This year, instead of losing weight, quitting smoking or reading more, what resolution could change your life in a way that makes all of those goals more attainable while also improving your relationship with God?
Thank God More.
Last year, I saw a post on Christian singer Danny Gokey social media feed that said, “What would you do if you woke up tomorrow morning and all you had is what you thanked God for yesterday?”
I instantly realized there are important things in my life that I don’t thank God for every day. There are also times I don't thank God at all like when I arrive safely at my destination or have a productive day at work. I know that I’m thankful to God but I’m not always thanking.
Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus. - 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
1 Thessalonians 5 says, God’s will for you is to be thankful. It also says to always be joyful and never stop praying. If you are like me, you may have a day where you see the results of a scale in your life and find that it isn't always easy to be joyful. However, we can still be thankful that we are alive and recognize we have the opportunity to change our lives in areas we desire. Toss in some prayer and this seems to be like a workable new year’s resolution.
Never stop praying, be thankful and find joy.
Prayer isn’t easy for everyone. Commonly I hear believers express that prayer isn’t easy because they aren’t sure what to pray. However, while you may not know what to pray for, I think any believer can find something to be thankful for. Look around, ask yourself, “What would you do if woke up tomorrow and only had what you thanked God for today?”
I know what I would do, as Billy Graham said, “I would thank God more.”