On New Year’s Resolutions:

January 2, 2009

I don’t think we have to make resolutions, but I do think they can be helpful (if done with an understanding of God’s grace, and with a dependance on Him to bring about change in our lives – not on our own strength or the cleverness of our strategy). I’m making a few this year myself.

Here are some helpful thoughts from around the web:

  • Donald Whitney offers several helpful questions for personal evaluation and helping you discern God-glorifying, practical goals to set. As he states: “The value of many of these questions is not in their profundity, but in the simple fact that they bring an issue or commitment into focus. For example, just by articulating which person you most want to encourage this year is more likely to help you remember to encourage that person than if you hadn’t considered the question.” And as he also notes, “They are also useful for family conversations, accountability partners, and small groups.” Read his questions here.
  • A Bible reading plan is often on a Christians New Year’s resolutions list. Justin Taylor explains the various ways you can access the ESV Bible reading plans (there are about 10 available), and explains why he favors the plans he does (read it here). Taylor also explains how to receive the daily reading from whichever plan you select in audio format (read it here).
  • John Piper encourages Christians to fast in 2009 – gives a few tips, and explains why it is important (read it here).
  • Matt Perman offers some practical advice on how to ensure you follow through on your resolutions (read it here).

May 2009 be a year in which we grow as Christians (and as a church), and glorify Christ in all of life… By His empowering grace it can be.

~Donovan  

HT: Tim Challies and Justin Taylor

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