It is that time of year for setting resolutions. I am always extra motivated at the start of the year to work on my health. Those are the easiest resolutions for me to set. Yes, some of them have failed rather quickly, but some of them have lasted. I have even tried my hand at business or work goals, but I have never made a spiritual resolution.
This past year relationships have taken the forefront in life. I’m working hard on putting family and friends first. This year is different. I’ve been reminded that I need God to be my first relationship, and then the rest will fall into place. God won’t let me forget about family and friends.
My spiritual practices over the last year have not been up to my personal standards. I have found myself feeling a little blah and disconnected from God at various times. This scripture reminds me of the value of those practices. I have gotten a little flabby, and now it’s time to get fit.
6-10 You’ve been raised on the Message of the faith and have followed sound teaching. Now pass on this counsel to the followers of Jesus there, and you’ll be a good servant of Jesus. Stay clear of silly stories that get dressed up as religion. Exercise daily in God—no spiritual flabbiness, please! Workouts in the gymnasium are useful, but a disciplined life in God is far more so, making you fit both today and forever. You can count on this. Take it to heart. This is why we’ve thrown ourselves into this venture so totally. We’re banking on the living God, Savior of all men and women, especially believers. (1 Timothy 4:6-10 MSG).
This year I am setting some spiritual resolutions. One is reading the verse of the day on my Bible app. This is a short simple and very achievable goal. I have already been doing it for a few months. The app is actually tracking my streak. It has been an easy way to focus my days. Devotions and journaling need to get back on track. I know they make a difference for me.
Here is the key in setting spiritual resolutions do what works for you everyday. If you love worship music, crank up the tunes. If quiet reflection and meditation is your thing, make time everyday. If you don’t know what feeds your relationship with God, try a variety of spiritual disciplines throughout the year. Whatever you choose to do, I highly encourage you to do it daily. This is a relationship that needs daily nurture, and it’s not God who needs it; it’s me.
Will you join me in setting spiritual goal for the coming year? What has worked well for you, so far? What are you interested in trying new this year? Share your experiences here and breathe life and bring hope to others.