The Bible does not speak for or against the concept of New Year’s resolutions. Every day is the day the Lord has made, as Psalm 118:24 states, and “we will rejoice and be glad in it.” One can make a resolution or promise to oneself any day of the year, and keeping it or breaking it is in their hands. One thing the Bible does say in Ecclesiastes 5:2,4 and 5 is that if one makes promises or vows to God, it shouldn’t be taken lightly.
The start of a new year is a good time to stop and look at our lives -- and that's the first step in making any realistic resolutions. What needs to be improved in our lives? What needs to be eliminated -- or added? Most of all, what does God see when He looks at me, and what does He want me to do -- with His help? What is His will for the coming year -- and for my life? The Bible says, "Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing" (Isaiah 43:18-19).
Make sure your resolutions are realistic. Many New Year's resolutions aren't "resolutions" at all; they're only vague dreams or wishes. Don't focus on self-centered goals; focus instead on what God wants to do in your life. Above all, make sure of your commitment to Christ -- and if He means little to you, why not begin the new year by giving your life to Him?
~ A RESOLVE FOR EVERY MORNING OF THE NEW YEAR ~
I will try to live a simple sincere and serene life,
repelling promptly every thought of discontent,
anxiety, discouragement, impurity and self-seeking
cultivating cheerfulness, magnanimity, charity, and the habit of holy silence
exercising economy in expenditure, carefulness in conversation,
diligence in appointed service, fidelity to every trust
and a child-like trust in God.
(by Bishop John H. Vincent - 1909)
WHAT ARE YOUR NEW YEAR`S RESOLUTIONS?
These Are Mine: