New Year's Resolution The practice of making a New Yearâ€™s Resolution goes back over 3000 years to the ancient Babylonians. There is just something about the start of a New Year that gives us the feeling of a fresh start and a new beginning. In reality, there is no difference between December 31st and January 1st. Nothing mystical occurs at midnight on December 31st. The Bible does not speak for or against the concept of a New Yearâ€™s Resolution. However, if a Christian determines to make a New Yearâ€™s Resolution, what kind of resolution should he or she make? Common New Yearâ€™s Resolutions are: to quit smoking, to quit drinking, to manage money better, and spend more time with family. By far the most common New Yearâ€™s Resolution is to lose weight, in conjunction with exercising more and eating healthier. These are all good goals to set. However, 1 Timothy 4:8 instructs us to keep exercise in perspective: â€œFor bodily exercise profits a little, but godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come.â€ The vast majority of New Yearâ€™s Resolutions, even among Christians, are in relation to physical things. This should not be. Many Christians make New Yearâ€™s Resolutions to pray more, to read the Bible every day, to attend church more regularly, etc., etc. These are fantastic goals! However, these New Yearâ€™s Resolutions fail just as often as the non-spiritual resolutions. Why? Because there is no power in a New Yearâ€™s Resolution. Resolving to start or stop doing a certain activity has no value unless you have the proper motivation for stopping or starting that activity. For example, why do you want to read the Bible every day? Is it to honor God and grow spiritually or is it because you have just heard that it is a good thing to do? Why do you want to lose weight? Is it to honor God with your body, or is it for vanity, to honor yourself? Philippians 4:13 tells us, â€œI can do everything through Him who gives me strength.â€ John 15:5 declares, â€œI am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.â€ If God is the center of your New Yearâ€™s Resolution, it has chance for success â€“ depending on your commitment to it. If it is Godâ€™s will for something to be fulfilled, He will enable you to fulfill it. If a resolution is not God honoring and/or is not in agreement in Godâ€™s Word â€“ we will not receive Godâ€™s help in fulfilling the resolution. So, what sort of New Yearâ€™s Resolution should a Christian make? I cannot answer that question for you. My advice to you is this: (1) Pray to the Lord for wisdom (James 1:5) in regards to what resolutions, if any, He would have you make; (2) Pray for wisdom as to how to fulfill the goals God gives you; (3) Rely on Godâ€™s strength to help you; (4) Find an accountability partner who will help you and encourage you; (5) Donâ€™t become discouraged with occasional failures, instead allow them to motivate you further; (6) Donâ€™t become proud or vain, but give God the glory. Psalm 37:5-6, â€œCommit your way to the LORD, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass. He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday.â€ Reproduced with permission from GotQuestions. Copyright 2002-2006 Got Questions Ministries.