A Reasonable Realistic Resolution for 2014

J. D. Conley
January 5, 2014

There are countless resolutions people make at the beginning of a new year. As for keeping them, they are entered into with the very best of intentions. By in large resolutions are good to make, but they are difficult to keep. Regardless of the resolution, by the time February comes around many of the resolutions have been broken and abandoned. Its then that guilt sets in and people feel like failures throwing up their hands and saying, "What's the use?"

The reason for this failure year in and year out, is because too much is expected over a prolonged span of 365 days. Its no wonder people lose their resolve and give up when they feel as though they have to perfectly tow the line for so long.

Whereas some resolutions are reasonable others are unrealistic. What should be desired and more easily achieved, is a resolution that is both reasonable and realistic. For the child of God the Scriptures are filled with encouragement along this line.

Condensing everything down to its barest essential, being the very best Christian everyday is reasonable, realistic, possible, as well as expected by the Lord. So, let us narrow the scope of our resolve to simply be the very best person we can be each day.

The way to do that is simply live as the Scriptures teach on a daily basis. If we fail, then know that "...we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous" (1Jn.2:1). Furthermore, He has promised, "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness"  (1Jn.1:9). Knowing this, there is no need to ever give up and quit, just begin anew the next day.

Since the Bible is a practical book it only makes sense to practice/live it every day. Room does not begin to allow a recording of every passage here, but the following verses should provide a good kick start for this reasonable realistic resolution, (cf. 2Chron.7:14; Ps.141:3; Pro.3:5,6; Micah 6:8; Mt.5-7; Rom.12:9-21; Gal.6:1-10; Col.3:l-3; Heb.13:1; the entire book of James; 1Pet.3:8-11; 1Jn.5:3 etc).

Each New Day Offers A Chance To Shine!