Looking to the new year Print E-mail
Thursday, 04 January 2018
By Chaplain (Capt.) Keith Ferrell
Special to GUIDON

Resolutions have been made: resolutely. And if truth be told, resolutions have probably already been broken.  

Each year many of us promise to better ourselves, achieve new or unfulfilled dreams, or simply vow to not do some thing or another.  And again, most resolutions fall by the wayside.

For many it might be a common theme to simply denounce plans, promises, or resolutions entirely.  I mean, why stare at failure to follow through with them each year only to wrestle with the guilt.  But before we push back against forward planning and determination to better something this year, maybe we can take a hint from scripture as to what and how best to handle the attitude of resolutions.

In the book of James, chapter 4, verses 13 to 17 we read:  

“Come now, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit’— yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, ‘If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.’ As it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.”

Notice the biblical pattern. Do not say what you will do but instead give your plans to God and his will, for it is the perfect will of God that brings peace and prosperity.  

Lastly, do not boast, but instead do what is right because you know inherently what the right thing is to do. Period.  

So this year, as you inevitably make promises and struggle to keep them, give your plans to God before giving up.  

As the scripture teaches, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13.  Happy new year to one and all.

(Editor’s note: Ferrell is the 43rd Adjutant General Battalion chaplain.)

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