We Christians seem to find ways to disagree about almost everything – most often with Bible in hand. A disagreement during this time of year centers around whether Christians should make New Year’s Resolutions or set goals for the upcoming year.
Those who say no-no-no, refer to Proverbs 3:5, which tells us to trust the Lord, rather than depending on our own understanding.
Others say that resolutions and goals – in general, planning, is fine and even a good thing, and refer to the creation story in Genesis. When we read this account carefully, we can see that each bit of creation fit with whatever was created the day before. That seems to indicate a Master Plan.
As people in recovery, we all have the desire to stay clean and sober, one day at the time. Most of us would agree that we hope and pray that our days will multiply. That, my friends, is a plan, perhaps a goal, or even a resolution.
Many of us need structure, and goal setting helps – AND, there are Biblical ways to go about setting our goals. We can look at the gifts God has given us (Romans 12:4-8.) We need to understand that timing is usually God’s time, rather than ours. (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8; Peter 3:8).
Asking God what our goals should be is a good idea (Matthew 6:33; Matthew 7:7; and James 1:5.) The Divine answer may come directly, or indirectly, as in our daydreams or nighttime dreams, comments someone makes, things we ponder, things we learn from others – the message at church, a daily reading, and so forth. We can also consider what makes us happy or fulfilled. When we look at all of these things and compare them with our skills and other gifts, the goal, the resolution, may be looking right back at us. So may it be. Happy New Year!