12.31.2012

The One Resolution You Should Make This New Year's Eve....

I haven't looked at any other blogs yet today, but I can imagine that there are a lot of posts going up that are full of goals and resolutions for the upcoming year. While there's certainly nothing wrong with setting goals and aiming to do better, our track records in keeping New Year's resolutions are pretty sad, to say the least.

If you don't believe me, look at the parking lot at the gym on February 1st compared with January 1st....

Robert Burns put it this way:

The best-laid schemes o' mice an' men
Gang aft agley...


Or, in American English:

The best laid schemes of mice and men
Go often awry...

Although people undoubtedly have the best of intentions when they make their resolutions, our own personal histories demonstrate that we often have trouble following through.

I read THIS ARTICLE by Paul Tripp this morning, and it was a good reminder to me that personal growth is a slow, gradual process. Change happens in the small, daily decisions to do what is right, not in the big, dramatic, once-a-year resolutions we make. If you don't read Tripp's entire article (which you should), here's an excerpt that sort of sums it up:

Most of us won't be written up in history books. Most of us only make three or four momentous decisions in our lives, and several decades after we die, the people we leave behind will struggle to remember the events of our lives. You and I live in little moments, and if God doesn't rule our little moments and doesn't work to recreate us in the middle of them, then there is no hope for us, because that's where you and I live.
 
 So if you're bound and determined to set some resolutions for the upcoming year, let this be the one thing you stick with: commit to reading through the Bible in 2013, and as you're reading, pray that the Holy Spirit would speak to you and change you in the areas where you need it. Let it be a daily process, because that's where real change will happen. As God's Word speaks to you and transforms you, chances are, you will notice transformation spilling over into other areas of your life...
 
He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much... - Luke 16:10a

God's Word has the power to transform you, much more than any grandiose commitment you impulsively make because the date is December 31st. So dig in!



If you'd like some help keeping track of your reading, here are some resources to get you started:

THIS is the reading plan I used in 2012, and it's been one of my favorites so far. It takes you through the Bible chronologically, but it also gives you daily readings in both the Old and New Testaments. It also gives you a few "make up" days each month, in case you get behind...

THIS website has a whole list of Bible reading plans, some of which allow you to read at your own pace or spread out your readings over up to three years (although reading through in one year is very doable).

Feeling ambitious? HERE's a plan that will take you through the Bible in 90 days.

Want to get crazy? HERE's a plan for reading the Bible in 1 month!

There are a number of reading plans online, so if you don't see one you like here, do a Google search for "Bible Reading Plans." Or simply read as much as you can wherever you want, every day. You can also listen to audio versions while driving in your car or working around the house... The point is to immerse yourself in God's Word, and there's no wrong way to do that....


Happy New Year!
 
 

4 comments:

  1. Hi Beth! I felt the same thing about Paul Tripp's article..in fact, actually drafted something for tomorrow LOL!

    Moments, minutes, choices, responses! And staying in God's Word. Best resolution ever!

    Thank you for posting! Love you and Happy New Year--so much ahead in 2013!!

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    1. Thanks, Mrs. Owen! Happy New Year to you all too! Come see us in Spain!

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  2. I have read through the Bible with the 90 day plan several times. It is so worth it. It gives you a bird's eye view of God's Word and helps you make connections throughout. But it really doesn't matter how fast you read it...just that you do. A great resolution for sure!

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    1. I'm impressed.... I would like to try the 90 day plan sometime soon - maybe once we're settled in Spain. I'm sure it does give you a different perspective to read it all so quickly. Thanks for stopping by! Have a happy 2013!

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