A Year of Spirituality: “New Year, New Me”
Typifying the phrase, “New Year, New Me” many of us seek to make changes to ourselves and our lives by making New Year’s resolutions. Planning to have the resolve to be better and do better in life is what new year’s resolutions promise. It is the promise to eat better, start a business, venture more or add exercise to the daily routine, just to name a few. New Year’s resolutions can be a great catalyst for change but more often than not, “our year of positive change” turns out to be “our year of procrastination” or “our year of fear”, whichever shoe fits. Maybe we have gotten this process wrong, and if so, what is the proper way to welcome the new year of inevitable change?
Barna Group in 2011, conducted a study on how Individualism is reflected through American new year’s resolutions. One thing from the study that stood out for me was that most of the people who took this survey had new year’s resolutions surrounding issues of health, finance, and general well-being. David Kinnaman, president of the Barna Group had this to say about the findings:
“Only 9 out of more than 1,000 survey respondents – that’s not quite one percent – mentioned that one of their objectives for next year was getting closer to God in some way. Even in the rare instance when people mention spiritual goals, it is often about activity undertaken for God, rather than a personal pursuit of God or an experience with God.”
While these are American statistics, the stats ring true for many Canadians as well. Maybe our goals or resolutions are not being fulfilled because of our desire to be better and do better we have left God out in the cold. Proverbs 16:3 says, “Commit your works to the Lord, and your thoughts will be established.” – (NKJV).” The ESV says that “… your plans will be established.” Whether it is your thoughts or plans, the fact of the matter is that God should be guiding you in your endeavors to be a better version of yourself that He has already intended for you to be. Let’s make drawing closer to Him our number one resolution and then figure out the rest with His help. So, if you have already thought of some plans for the year without God, then maybe you should rethink them with Him.