As we close out the past year and look forward to a new year, people tend to feel inspired to make one or two new year’s resolutions. Their hope is to do better than last year in matters of faith, health, work, finances, love and relationships. However, personal history confirms that making a new year’s resolution hasn’t been the most effective way to gain the results we desire. So, how can we take advantage of our heightened interest during the new year to do better than last year?

Seek healing. For some of us, just staying on track is a great success, because last year delivered way too much disaster, death and destruction. Sometimes all we can do is cling to our savior, the rock of our salvation, while we wait for the current storm in our lives to pass over. Psalm 107:28-30 “… they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and he brought them out of their distress. He stilled the storm to a murmur, and the waves of the sea were hushed. They rejoiced when the waves grew quiet. Then he guided them to the harbor they longed for.”

Dedicate yourself to God and his purposes. Commit your way to the Lord, trust in his promises and wait on him. Find a promise that matches your need and ask him to fulfill his promise. With a humble heart and uplifted hands, draw near to the Lord by obedient faith, taking courage to wait on him. His timing is not our timing, but when we choose to trust him, we relinquish our need for immediate answers. “I wait for the Lord more than watchmen for the morning.” Psalm 130:6

Pray to do God’s will. Be intentional. Set goals. Put them in your calendar. Write them on your mirror with a dry erase marker. Go easy on yourself when you don’t see immediate results. Pray for strength and grace to be a blessing in the lives of our fellow island dwellers. Seek practical ways to help someone each day. Consider supporting another charity. Pick up the phone and call that person you keep thinking about. Or call that person that nobody is thinking about. “If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way.” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

In summary, we can experience a very good new year when we put our faith in Jesus. Next, we commit to live and love as Jesus did. His full intention was to fill all believers with his divine presence and to flood us with his powerful love. Why? Because he loves us. And, because he loves those who need to hear this message. Jesus did an excellent job in fulfilling all that his father wanted him to do. In Matthew 12:18 we read God’s declaration, “Here is my servant whom I have chosen, the one I love, in whom I take great delight. I will put my Spirit on him, and he will proclaim justice to the nations.”

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Barbara Brown is a member of the ministry team at the Lighthouse Church of God.

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Perspectives is a regular column sponsored and written by members of the Ketchikan Ministerial Association.