A New Year, A New Commitment?

Every year, people by the millions string out pieces of paper and scratch down “New Year’s Resolutions.” Some of the most popular…

  • Lose Weight
  • Exercise
  • Eat Right
  • Quit Smoking/Drinking/Cursing
  • Be a better friend
  • Stop Procrastinating
  • Save Money, and….
  • Go to Church

So, is there anything wrong with these?  They ALL sound like things we SHOULD do! And there’s websites devoted to almost all of them.  How to eat right, diet, exercise. There’s methods to quit smoking (the patch, and others), organizations to help people stop drinking, financial advisors to help us plan our finances. But do they work?

Around 90% of New Year’s Resolutions are never achieved. Buy why?  There is so much help out there?  I guess it’s the same reason people fail on the last one listed: “Go to Church.”  Think about it – there is an entire book, the BIBLE, that has lasted for centuries that give us the best reasons in the world why going to church is the most important of all of these.

Yet, every year, and every week, in fact every day, people fail at this resolution. Even Christians are failing. We sin, disobey God, ignore His Commandments, blatantly go against Him when we choose worldly desires over His instructions.

So how can we stop this?  It’s the same way you can succeed at all the other New Year’s Resolutions. CONSTANT attention to it.  Experts tell us it takes 30 days to make a new practice a habit.  So start today, read the Bible…every day.  Take just “Five more minutes” out of your day and PRAY, READ, and PRAY again.  Start now. Right Now.  And do it everyday!  If you do that, you won’t have to think about going to church – that part will come naturally.

What are you waiting for?  Open your Bible NOW!

John 21:19-22


And after saying this [Jesus] said to him, “Follow me.” Peter turned and saw the disciple whom Jesus loved following them, the one who had been reclining at table close to him and had said, “Lord, who is it that is going to betray you?” When Peter saw him, he said to Jesus, “Lord, what about this man?” Jesus said to him, “If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you? You follow me!”

Don’t worry about what OTHERS are doing, we are commanded to FOLLOW GOD!

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