How is your new exercise program going? Are you staying with your healthier
diet? Are you accepting your responsibilities? Have you committed to improving
your prayer life? How is your daily Bible reading coming along?

We all make resolutions or commitments to change at different times of the
year, but we see them more prevalent at the beginning of a new year. We look at
the calendar turning over as an opportunity to start anew and we should. Yet we
also should look at each day as a new gift to keep our commitments, an
opportunity given to us by God. Commitments, promises, resolutions are all good
for us. They are most often tied to goals, which give us motivation to keep
them. But why do we set goals?

I believe we set goals, most often, to become a better us. We want to
improve our lives. We have a desire to become what God intended us to be. Yet,
we also see people set goals to be what they see in someone else. That may or
may not be healthy. If the person you look to as a role model is a godly
person, it’s a healthy goal to set. Yet if that person is not a godly person
and simply has some level of fame or a top position at your workplace, that
likely is not a healthy goal. You see, God made each one of us be a specific
person to fulfill a specific purpose of His. Perhaps we should first seek His
purpose for our lives, then set our goals.

I pray that each one of us will resolve to know God, to know Jesus, better
this coming year. I pray each of us will have the discipline to continue to
seek that goal each day of the year. May God bless you in your endeavor to know
Him better. He has promised and will deliver.

1 Corinthians 2:2 For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.

Published by martypressey

Marty is a Pastor, retired Marine and dedicated Christian who has taught adult Bible classes and preached for 20 years. He currently serves as pastor of 3 United Methodist Churches. He believes being well-grounded in the Scriptures is key to living a better life. He brings a layman’s viewpoint to all his classes and sermons, helping others understand how to apply Scripture to their daily lives. When he sees others understand the message of a particular passage, it brings him great joy. He has seen his faith increase exponentially over the years; fully believing God has a plan and is executing it. He feels blessed to be part of that plan.

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