Happy New Year!! Are you anti-New Year's Resolutions? We often stray from making them because we know we'll soon stray from keeping them. Consider what the word "resolved" means- to formally declare or decide; to make progress from dissonance to consonance. It is an act of the will to change or commit to a change of action. That's a good thing to do every day. The beginning of a new year provides some mental clarity and a sense of a fresh start so we often make several or significant such declarations. Jonathan Edwards provides us a great example of this as a lifestyle. At nineteen years of age in 1722 the man who would become arguably America's greatest theologian wrote out a series of resolutions- statements of change he sought to live by. He didn't do so to brag but out of a determination to magnify the glory of with every part of his life. So January 1, 2009 is a good day to start living resolved. If you slip- and you will- step right back.
Two simple resolutions I've challenged myself and my church with are to systematically read more Scripture on a daily basis and to intentionally invite people to church (and take as many of those opportunities to share the gospel). For January our church has committed to read a chapter of Acts every day (with three catch-up days) and invite one person to be our guest at Sunday worship every day of the month. That's simple and a great start to a new year. What are you resolved to do in 2009 for the glory of God?