Why do we focus on New Year's Resolutions every January 1st? What is it that keeps us moving toward that big "R" word Resolution? We hold on to the hope that something in us, about us or around us will change -- for the better. We hold on to the hope that there is something more, that there must be something greater beyond what we are experiencing or enduring at the present moment. We possess that ever present hope for positive change.
Maybe you've already scheduled a new haircut for 2014, or maybe we are expecting a new little one in 2014, or maybe this time of year means a clean slate of sorts for you. Whatever "new" prospect you have your eyes on for 2014, let us not forget what Paul resolved to do and not as part of his New Year's Resolution but part of his life in Christ. In Philippians 3:8-10 Paul says,
Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith; that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death..."
Whether you are anticipating or soon realizing a positive change in 2014, let us not forget, that our greatest hope lies in Christ and His work in us.