Sometimes picking a New Year’s Resolution can be as difficult as keeping one. There are so many good choices, it’s tough to narrow it down to only one.
Should I focus on eating better and exercising more? Spending more quality time with my family? Making a plan toward a financial or career goal?
Or maybe something more spiritual like: reading the Bible through in a year? Going on a mission trip? Or volunteering at church or a favorite charity?
But what if I told you that there’s a resolution that you could make this year that would cover all of the ideas mentioned above? Would you do it? Consider this: The one resolution that will help you eat better, exercise more, improve your family time, finances, career, Bible reading, missions, and ministry is the one recommended by Charles Spurgeon below. Try it for a year and let God prove it to you…
“Our resolution this year must be: continue in prayer.”
~ Charles Spurgeon
I’ve often heard that we are either in a trial, coming out of a trial, or headed directly into one! The words of wisdom below are from Chuck Swindoll and are a great reminder for any of those times when life is unfair and doesn’t make sense….
Chuck says, “I have found great help from two truths God gave me at a time in my life when I was bombarded with a series of unexpected and unfair blows (from my perspective). In my darkest hours these principles still become my anchor of stability, my only means of survival. Because they work for me, I pass them on to you. Memorize them. Write them on a card and carry it at all times.
- Nothing touches me that has not passed through the hands of my heavenly Father. Nothing. Whatever occurs, God has sovereignly surveyed and approved. We may not know why, but we do know our pain is no accident to Him who guides our lives.
- Everything I endure is designed to prepare me for serving others more effectively. Everything. Since my Heavenly Father is committed to shaping me into the image of His Son, He knows the ultimate value of this painful experience. It is being used to empty our hands of our own resources, our own sufficiency, and turn us back to Him—the faithful Provider. And God knows what will get through to us.
Things may not be logical or fair, but when God is directing the events of our lives, they are right.”
~ Taken from “Day by Day With Chuck Swindoll”…