January 2017 


In ancient times a new year gave cause for people to make promises to their heathen gods. Those customs   morphed into the practice of making New Year’s resolutions – promises not to gods or anyone else, but personal commitments to ourselves.

Resolutions often focus on health – losing weight, quitting smoking, eating better and starting an exercise program. Sometimes they focus on accomplishing a new “bucket list” of things to do before we die. Sometimes we resolve to change jobs, careers, schools or learn new skills.

Researchers say most resolutions fail and are forgotten in short order. So I challenge you to consider the value of a spiritual resolution:
  • Make It God-Focused: Most resolutions are focused on ourselves. I suspect that is why they fail. A worthy resolution begins by being all about God. Resolve to walk closer with him in 2017. Scripture tells us, “Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well” (Matthew 6:33).
  • Take Baby Steps: It takes a great deal of ambition to make a resolution – and a lot more ambition to keep it. When you resolve to walk closer with God, take baby steps. If you come to church once each month – start coming every three weeks. If you find you have never been in Bible Class – resolve to attend just 3 or 4.  Take baby steps and ease into it.
  • Measure Success Externally: Walk into a spiritual resolution with the perspective that it is all about God. Find your satisfaction in what you do for him, not in what you want it to do for you. As you establish spiritual resolutions, success is found in accomplishing things for God.
  • Watch What Happens: As you begin to bring your life in line with God’s will you will find other things falling into place. Sometimes it means a greater self-esteem or a higher sense of purpose than what you had. Most often, however, you find a new perspective by which you face the most difficult and challenging times in your life. You find solace and satisfaction in the faith God has given you and nurtures within you.
I know, what else would you expect from a preacher? I present you this challenge not as a preacher but as a fellow Christian. When everything around you seems to fail and fluster, isn’t it time to change your approach to resolutions? The old way isn’t working for you.

Change comes from change – not from stagnation. If you want resolutions to work for you, quit doing it like you have done it before. Resolve to get your life on track in 2017 and grow in your faith. In doing so you tap into the most enduring power source of all time. God is very committed to us. He will not let you down.
~ Pastor Fleischmann
~ Pastor Robert Fleischmann

As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. ~ John 15:9