Goodbye 2012 with your drama, disappointments, dilemmas and down right crumminess. Hello 2013! Year of….
Year of what?
Whether your 2012 was epic or an epic fail, there’s a real sense of anticipation as a new year rolls around. What will it be like? What will happen? Who will I be? We get excited, full of wonder and hope at what the new year will bring.
So, of course, we make giant resolutions. And we do really good…for a month or so. Then they slowly fade to a memory as 2013 starts looking a whole lot like 2012. And 2011. And every year before that.
How can you make 2013 different? Allow me to offer some different kind of resolutions.
Instead of just saying you want to “read your Bible more,” make an actual plan to:
-Daily read your Bible (find a plan to follow – here are some ideas), journal, and pray
-Weekly go to church and some sort of youth group, small group, or Bible study
-Bi-weekly meet with an accountability partner
-Monthly read a Christian book
Instead of just saying you want to “be healthier”:
-Make plans with a friend to work our two or three times a week
-Start eating a healthy breakfast, lunch, and dinner
-Give up soda for the year
-Do some sort of outdoor activity once a week, no matter the weather
Instead of justing saying you want to “be a better friend”:
-Create a prayer lists of your closest friends and pray for them every day
-Cut back on texting and Facebook and increase actual phone calls and face to face conversations
-Never eat lunch alone…and never eat with the same people two weeks in a row
-Pick one friend to intentionally go deeper with this year and make an effort to do something with them once a week
-Pick one person who doesn’t know the Lord and make an effort to do something with them once a week
Instead of just saying you want to “be more organized”:
-Simplify your closet by giving away a large chunk of your wardrobe
-Make your bed every morning and take 15 minutes to pick up your room every night
-Do your homework first thing when you come home
-Daily do something to help out around the house
In all of these resolutions and whatever else you come up with, always remember:
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart as working for the Lord, not for men.” Colossians 3:23
Don’t set resolutions to make yourself a better person, to make yourself feel better, or to look good in the eyes of other people.
Do it for the glory of God.
Question: Where do you hope to grow in 2013? What’s your plan to help make that happen? How did you do on your resolutions from this last year and how can you do better this year? How does doing all of this for the glory of God change your attitude?