A timeless tradition at the beginning of each year is to make a new year’s resolution. These are personal goals desired to be achieved in the upcoming year. The most popular resolutions always include saving money, losing weight or getting in shape, and learning a new skill or hobby.
Starting the goal isn’t the issue, but following through can be challenging. According to Business Insider, 80% of new year’s resolutions fail by February. What can be done to make sure our new year’s resolution is successful? The best place to start is with four simple but powerful words that will improve our relationship with Christ and others and, in the process, improve ourselves.
The love of God is expressed in John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” True love is shown through giving. For God so loved the world that He gave. What will we give Christ in the new year, and how can we give to others? Let’s make it our personal goal to show love through giving in 2019.
Joy a genuine emotion shown by most people, and honestly, the world can use more of it. An example of true joy is found in Psalm 98:4 “Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth break forth into joyous song and sing praise!” Think Christmas spirit, but 365 days of it. Joy is a constant theme during the Christmas season, and it is that type of Joy that we should strive to display, but in Psalm 98:4 “make” seems to require an effort on our part, as does “break forth.” It’s inevitable that 2019 will have its ups and downs, but if done right and directed towards the Lord, others will see true joy in us, and it can spread to whomever we come into contact with and wherever we go.
Stress, depression, and anxiety are at an all-time high. Peace is being searched for but sometimes hard to acquire. If so, it might be because we are searching in the wrong places. John 14:27 says, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you.” Genuine peace comes from the Lord because He is the only one who gives it. It’s time to break the chains of stress, depression, and anxiety in 2019 by not looking for peace in the things of the world but instead by finding sustaining peace that only the Lord can provide.
It’s time to break the chains of stress, depression, and anxiety in 2019 by not looking for peace in the things of the world, but instead by finding sustaining peace that only the Lord can provide.
Oh, the possibilities of what might and could be. Hope should push us to continue on and see what 2019 and beyond holds for us anticipating the best is yet to come. Romans 15:3, “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.” God is the source of hope and fills us with all joy—not just some joy. He also grants us peace in believing, and the power of the Holy Spirit allows us to abound or overflow in hope.
Are you looking for a community of people to help you incorporate these four words into your new year’s resolution? Learn more about Cornerstone Baptist Church online or on social media on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Tweet me @byronwmcgee and let me know your thoughts about this Corner Conversation. Let’s make 2019 a tremendous year by displaying love, joy, peace, and hope. May the love of God and the joy of this season bring you peace and hope found in Him.
Have a Happy and Blessed New Year!