How are those New Year’s resolutions coming along? Lost any weight? Getting to the gym more? According to recent research less than half of the American population makes New Year’s resolutions and only 10% of those feel successful at following through. Perhaps not surprisingly, “spiritual growth” is not reported to be one of the top ten resolutions this year. But my colleague, Debra Chew, writing for the February 13, 2017 edition of The Chattanoogan.com, shows the sweet, comforting value of such a resolution and six ways to pursue it successfully. Here’s Debra:
Most of us have already bailed on January’s New Year’s resolutions. So, if making resolutions didn’t work for you, February is the perfect time to think about fashioning a vision for 2017 – one that includes spiritual resolutions — to finish out the year with joy.
According to Statistic Brain, some top New Year’s resolutions are: (1) lose weight, (2) get organized, (3) stay fit and healthy, (4) quit smoking, and (5) spend more time with family. Sadly, that list does not include: (1) prayer, (2) gaining a better understanding of our relationship with God, or (3) studying the Scriptures more.
While all those popular resolutions would make our human lives appear better, focusing on the spiritual aspects of our lives would enable us to find answers to our problems with God’s help.
Your spiritual vision for 2017 could include some ideas from my list:
• See with clarity – See God’s goodness everywhere; look at the world with compassion; do not condemn or judge.
• Dust off your spiritual compass – Look up to God for help instead of trying to fix things humanly; rely on God’s strength.
• Encourage others on their journey of faith – Join a Bible study; participate in a community event.
• Seek spiritual freedom – Romans 8 offers a great vision for how to find spiritual freedom….