It’s that time of year when everyone is talking about resolutions. Here are the most helpful and insightful resources I’ve found for taking the new year seriously, listed in order of usefulness and clarity:
Justin Taylor does this post every single year. It’s astounding. And the content always gets better. His exhortation is crystal clear: Tolle lege. Take up and read! I gladly join his charge: would you make a plan to read the Bible this year?
This man has had a greater impact on my life than any other. I don’t say that lightly. Here’s a very brief video on how he views the transition to a new year.
Donald S. Whitney is well known for his book, “Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life.” His 31 questions will be the way my wife and I spend new years day. Give them anything more than a quick glance and you’ll see why. Here are the first four:
- What’s one thing you could do this year to increase your enjoyment of God?
- What’s the most humanly impossible thing you will ask God to do this year?
- What’s the single most important thing you could do to improve the quality of your family life this year?
- In which spiritual discipline do you most want to make progress this year, and what will you do about it?
An exhortation from the blog All Things For Good to take the time to reconsider our lives and hearts: “If we don’t regularly take time to evaluate our heart, we can, often unknowingly, drift into sinful or sluggish patterns.”
A lot of fluff here, but his second point is worth consideration. Why do we often fail to keep resolutions? Because “We focus on external change before we address the internal issues”