By Pastor Robert Jewett
Can you believe it is 2017? It seems to me that the older I get, the faster the years go by. This causes me to slow down and consider how I should be living every moment of every day. With the New Year comes many newly made resolutions…or recommitments to previously failed resolutions. A recent poll determined that about 60% of Americans make a New Year’s Resolution. I’m sure you’re not surprised to hear that polls also show that only about 8% of Americans succeed at fulfilling their resolution.
So, where do we start? Should we start exercising and eating healthier? Should we start a new budget and see if we can live without using any credit? Or should we commit to less screen time and more time with people face-to-face? While each of these are worthwhile to strive towards, there is still a greater resolution that would fuel the success of each of these resolutions.
Scripture encourages us “to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him: bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God” (Colossians 1:10). What if we focused our attention on fully pleasing God? Think about how many different areas of our lives would be affected? The great news is that when you strive to bring God glory, it “is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure” (Philippians 2:13). Thus, our resolution is empowered by God and we no longer have to be part of the 8% success rate.
This New Year, resolve to bring God glory in all you think, say, and do! For a more in depth biblical study on this topic, visit our webpage and listen to our New Year’s teaching.
Lakeshore City Church meets Sundays at 10:00 a.m. at Circle City Center (formerly Fender Museum), 365 N. Main St. in Corona. For more information, visit lakeshorecitychurch.com.