Each year at this time we are challenged to right the course of our lives. Anyone who takes an honest inventory of his life knows that he/she has not lived a perfect life. We see ourselves in a negative light in many ways, and rightly so. It is only as we are honest about ourselves that we can make changes to improve ourselves.
The frustration we often we run into is that most of our good intentions do not make it very far in the new year. We try to be better and do better, but we fall victims to our weaknesses and often fail. Resolutions are good, but they are not much good if they don’t stick and we revert back to our old ways.
One of the passages of Scripture that always encourages me as I take an inventory of how I am doing in my life is Philippians 3:7-14. In this passage we are reminded that we need to let go of the past and pursue our future will great zeal and energy. There is no value in reliving the past and bemoaning the fact that we are not perfect. It is good for us to learn from past mistakes so that we don’t repeat them, but when we linger in the past, we keep ourselves from moving forward.
Our future is brighter and will be better than our past only if we passionately pursue Christ and let him help us to change. We don’t have the willpower or ability to make necessary changes in our lives without Him. There is nothing we can’t do when Christ is in control. If there is but one resolution that you make that you need to make stick, it is to let Jesus be your Lord. Seek the Lord passionately, love him passionately, learn from him passionately and serve him passionately and you will have a great new year.