It is now 2020 and many people have already made a few resolutions for the New Year, (and some have probably already failed at those resolutions). I have always found new year’s resolutions a bit silly. Why wait until January 1st to start doing something? Why not start right now if it is so important? The following are a list of things I think we all should try to do better this coming year. Therefore, in the spirit of new year’s resolutions, here are three of the many things I hope to improve in the coming year.
First, I want to enjoy God more. John Piper has said that, “God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him.” Psalm 1:1-2 says, “Blessed is the manwho walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night.” Notice this verse gives us a few practical steps to enjoying God more. First, we need to meditate on His Word. I cannot possibly grow in my enjoyment of the Lord outside of regular Bible reading. Don’t guilt yourself into reading the Bible more this year. Instead, see Bible reading as a means by which you get to encounter and enjoy the Lord. Second, Psalm 1 shows us that we need to surround ourselves with good people. This also includes what we allow in our ears, (music), and our eyes, (TV, movies and internet). Again, I do not want to force myself from these things, but rather be wise about what I am letting into my brain because it can and will affect my enjoyment of the Lord.
Second, I want to be more amazed at God. After being a Christian for many years, we can sometimes lose that childlike wonder about how truly awesome and amazing God is. One way to be more amazed at our awesome God is to look at his creation. Isaiah 45:7 says, “I form light and create darkness, I make well-being and create calamity, I am the Lord, who does all these things.” Try to slow down and look around. See all the amazing things that our mighty God has created. Each season brings incredible things to ponder about the power and creativity of God. Or be amazed at the purity and holiness of God. Deuteronomy 10:17 says, “For the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great, the mighty, and the awesome God, who is not partial and takes no bribe.” Consider how God is so different than we are. How we mess up and how He never does. Be amazed at every time you choose sin God chose the right path, yet he still forgives us! Spend time considering the amazing God we serve this semester by slowing down and seeing all his mighty works and considering how holy and righteous he is.
Finally, I want to joyfully submit to God in all things. I think this is the most difficult of the three because it involves me not necessarily getting my way. I have plans, goals and hopes for 2020. I have ideas of things I want to accomplish or finish or achieve. I need to take all of these “me” things and submit them to God because His ways and plans are better than my own. Proverbs 16:25 says, “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death.” I don’t want to achieve my dreams only to find out they have led me away from God and true life. My hope and prayer is that if any of my goals are not of God, they would fail spectacularly in 2020. Instead, I want to learn how to JOYFULLY submit to what God has planned. To be happy with what God has planned for me even when it isn’t what I thought was best. This is where we can lean on Romans 8:28: “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” This doesn’t mean I get all I want, but rather I am able to joyfully submit to the Lord’s plans in 2020 because His plans are for my ultimate good and thus better than my own. In all three of these things, may God be glorified in me in 2020!