At the beginning of the New Year, so many people have good intentions and put their best effort into changing their lives for the better with New Year resolutions. In 2016, the top three resolutions were to enjoy life to the fullest, live a healthier lifestyle, and lose weight, according to the Huffington Post.
I’m sure most of these will continue to be popular for people in 2017 as well. Unfortunately, lots of people start off resolutions very well by eating more vegetables and getting a gym membership, but by the end of January they fall back into their old ways. The biggest problem that I find with myself is that I get in the way of my own good intentions. For example, I am too ambitious and make goals that I know I can never reach, but try for anyway, or I put too much pressure on myself and get upset when I can’t fulfill my resolutions. I try to do everything, mostly by myself, and I am usually more frustrated by the end of January than I was when I made the resolutions in the first place.
Looking for something new this year, I was reading the Bible to get some inspiration for a new kind of resolution, one that I am actually able to accomplish and one with Christ at the center. I stumbled upon 2 Corinthians 5:17, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” This verse gave me a new perspective on New Year resolutions. Though resolutions are nice, and can be very beneficial, as Christians we have already been made new! What an amazing reminder!
When accepting Christ into our hearts we made the ultimate resolution. Not only is each year new, but we are new. Free from the past and forgiven. The person we were before fell away and is replaced with the goodness of a Savior who can do no wrong. When you invite Christ in its not just a new year, but a new life in Him. There is no better way to celebrate this new life than by sharing it with others. At Haven of Rest, we make this a priority every day.
Haven of Rest is blessed to be able to walk with men, women and children as they find and follow God’s path for their lives. It is a great joy when people accept Christ or rededicate their lives to Him while they are staying at the Mission. In this way, Haven of Rest is not only meeting people’s immediate and earthly needs, but helping to show them the everlasting life that Christ freely gives us if we are willing to accept it. Please pray that men, women and children will accept the gift of a new life from Christ, like what is said in 2 Corinthians 5:17. May they shed their old lives and join God on His mission for their lives.