I’m not one who is big on New Year resolutions, because the ones I make are usually so huge and unattainable that I fail before I start! My resolutions in the past were man-made…things I was planning to accomplish in my own strength. This year, I want it to be different. I want spiritual resolutions that me and Jesus accomplish together!
That word “resolution” comes from the word “resolve” and means “to come to a definite decision about something”. As I thought about that, I considered this: you can’t be resolved about something until you first reflect. My reflections determine my resolve.
Philippians 4:8 says, “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things arehonest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”
That word “think” means to “reflect, to deliberate inwardly; to consider, take into account, weigh, meditate on, so as to determine, purpose, and decide.”
When you take the time to reflect on all that happened in 2022, it gives you new resolve in 2023.
Your reflections determine your resolve.
So, I pulled out my journal from 2022 and began to read through, reflecting on all the Lord has revealed and taught me. And I began to ask Jesus, “What do you want us working on in my heart this year?”
Here’s some great questions to ask as you reflect:
-What are three favorite things you saw Jesus do in 2022?
-What did the Lord reveal and teach you this year?
-What did you learn as you navigated relationships this year?
-What accomplishments did you and the Lord make this last year?
-How well did you guard your time with the Lord, taking care of yourself body, soul and spirit?
-Who do you need to forgive that wounded you in 2022?
And again, the one that propels us forward the best: “Lord, what do you want us working on in my heart this year?” “What is my WORD for the year?"
What is that WORD God wants to give you as your focus word for the year?
I asked and He immediately gave me mine: FAITHFUL. I am excited to jump into all that entails this next year!!!
So let me encourage you to take some time to reflect on 2022 and then ask the Father to give you a peek into 2023 and where your focus needs to be. Out of that can come some great resolution with the Lord, that can promote accelerated spiritual growth in your life, like never before!
You are so loved,