Footsteps in Faith: Resolutions made

| January 5, 2012 | 0 Comments

Chaplain (MAJ.) Chris Wilson
Schofield Barracks Family Life Chaplain



It is January and the start of a new year.

With that new start, many of us will set goals or make resolutions.

As you begin this year, I imagine that you will promise yourself that there will be something that you will try to change. You too may make a resolution. Maybe you will stop getting so stressed out; maybe you will read your Bible more; perhaps you will commit to praying more; this might be the year you quit smoking; or maybe, the resolution that most people commit to doing, you will get fit and lose weight.

I once read somewhere that a little more than 12 percent of people who make resolutions actually achieve their goals. I believe the reason for this is that we set unattainable goals for ourselves.

Whatever your goal is, let me encourage you to at least set some spiritual goals.

In 1 Timothy 4:8, it says, “for physical training is of some value, but Godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.”

Let me challenge you to make some resolutions that can foster spiritual growth in your life. For example, spending time in prayer and thanking God will help you make it through whatever unexpected challenges you will face this year. Whether you are a family member, a spouse or even a Soldier, spending time with God in prayer will help you develop an ability to release any troubles you have and place them in God’s hands.

Second, spend time reading the Bible. It will lift your spirit. I read the Bible because I believe that it is truly the words of God to me and everyone else. I like to get up in the morning and learn from God’s word what he says about life and the many challenges that I will face. I enjoy reading and allowing his words to speak to my soul and encourage me. I challenge you to try reading your Bible on a continuous basis this year. There are a variety of Bible reading plans out there, just find one that will be simple enough for you and get started.

You might have many resolutions, but prayer and Bible reading will help you a great deal in spiritual growth.

Have a blessed year.


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