Somehow or another, we have reached the last few days of 2017. I blinked my eyes, and an entire year went by. And so now, as the year 2018 is about to begin, we have reached that time of year when we make our list of things we hope to resolve in the new year. Eat better. Exercise more. Quit a bad habit. Be a better listener. Be more patient. Any one of these would be noble things to work at for the next 365 days. BUT, how many of us fall off the wagon after about a month or two? Life just gets in the way of being successful on our new year’s resolutions sometimes (ok, maybe all the time). A while back, I made a new year’s resolution that I have stuck to every year since, and it has been amazing. I resolved to no longer make any new year’s resolutions. I’ve decided that I can make changes in my life anytime of the year, and not just on January 1st.
With all of that being said, this passage in the final chapter of Philippians is a perfect guide to a very worthy new year’s resolution. Rejoice in the Lord. Don’t worry. Pray about everything. Fix your thoughts on things that will bring you and those around you joy. Do all of this, and what will happen? “The peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Also, “and the God of peace will be with you.”
I know I often let life get in the way of too many things, including exercise, being a better friend, and my relationship with God. But maybe it is time for me to make a NEW new year’s resolution to live a life of Philippians 4:1-9.
Happy New Year!