Have you ever wondered what it would be like to make a New Year’s resolution and actually, for once, keep it? How many of us after eating our way through the holidays suddenly realize that that may not have been the best idea, after all?
Of course, this is done in conjunction with lazily sitting around while munching on sugar cookies and chocolates. It isn’t as if we ran a 10k and then sipped on only one holiday drink as a reward.
Feeling guilty, we immediately resolve to do something about it. However, three weeks into our new diet plan, we lose interest, we get busy, or we don’t see those results as quickly as expected. We become discouraged and just as speedily quit.
The issue with most New Year’s resolutions is that they are focused upon us. It is so often about us looking and feeling better. We miss what Christmas is all about.
Christmas is truly the most wonderful time of the year! It is a season of joyous celebration—an opportunity to gather together with friends and family, to rest and relax, and to be generous and kind. Most importantly, it is a time to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ and His love He offers to each one of us.
There is no better New Year’s resolution than recognizing what Christmas truly is and then acting upon it. What do I mean? Well, instead of thinking about how we can best please ourselves, why don’t we make a resolution to be kinder, more generous, more loving, more patient to others in the New Year? Why not let that be our resolution, instead of yet another failed diet plan? (Don’t get me wrong: I very much believe in maintaining a healthy lifestyle.)
In fact, this is what Jesus Christ, the One we celebrate, did for us. He came to save that which was lost. He came to bring peace when only strife existed. He came to right that which was wrong. He came to save sinners and bring joy and gladness to the world! He selflessly gave of Himself so that we could live lives in service to Him and others.
In the Bible, Jesus says, “He [the Lord] has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour” (Luke 4:18-19).
I encourage all of us to think differently about New Year resolutions. May we submit ourselves to the One we celebrate and seek to live out our lives the way He did—lives of kindness, of generosity, of goodwill to our fellow human beings. Now, that would be a resolution worth keeping.