Suggestions for a New Year

As we think about this New Year, there are things we need to remember to have a good year. The decisions and choices we make will determine the kind of year we will have.

Avoid conforming to the world. “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed . . .” (Rom. 12:2). We must all come to terms the fact that the world is out to mold and shape us into that which the Lord does not want. When one begins to love the world and live like the world, one is unable to have a good year spiritually (1 John 2:15-17).

Act only after thinking. Some of our greatest problems have been brought upon ourselves because we did not stop and think before acting or speaking. We need to “taste” our words and “weigh” the consequences of our actions before we speak and react (Phil. 4:8Eph. 4:29Gal. 5:19-21).

Adhere to the Word of God. God has given us, through His Word, all that we need in this life (2 Pet. 1:3). It is the Scriptures that are profitable for our spiritual well-being (2 Tim. 3:16-17). As we apply the Word of God to our lives, we are learning the means by which we can have a “good year”  and ultimately a home in Heaven.

Without God in our lives it is impossible to have a “good year” as He desires and demands. Thus, if we do appreciate and reverence God as we should, then it will be seen in our life (Eccl. 12:13)

Robert Notgrass