This Month’s Blog

Messages of HopeIt’s 2017 – Now What?

You made it through 2016. It was undoubtedly a momentous year, filled with significant world events — like the Olympics — and important events in our country — like the election. And if you’re like most people, it was a year filled with personal ups and downs.

No matter what 2016 held for you, the year has officially come to an end. As 2017 dawned, a new page was turned and a year full of the unknown began. January 1 marked a fresh start and a time to set new goals.

If you’re like 45 percent of Americans, you’ve already made a list of your personal New Year’s resolutions. Maybe you have resolutions similar to those of the American public. According to NBC News, the most popular New Year’s resolutions for 2017 include “get healthy” and “get organized.” Or maybe your list includes resolutions that aren’t as common among the general populous, like “try a new food each week.”

But what if you looked at your list of resolutions in a different light? Instead of centering your New Year’s resolutions around yourself, what if you centered them around what really matters — your faith? Rather than sticking to material goals for 2017, try switching it up and creating a list of spiritual resolutions as well. Make it your goal to “get spiritually healthy” or “try reading a new section of the Bible each week.”

After you’ve created your faith-based resolutions, experiment with ways in which you can accomplish them. Maybe “getting spiritually healthy” means attending Sunday church more often or joining a Bible study group. Perhaps you set up reminders on your phone so you don’t forget to “try reading a new section of the Bible each week.”

No matter what your 2017 resolutions are, remember that the new year a gift from God and a time to start anew. As 2 Corinthians 5:17 reads, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!”

– Erin Dietsche