New Year’s Resolutions from the Bottom Up

Every year, we try, try, again. According to, top resolutions made for the New Year include:

  • eating healthier and drinking less alcohol
  • getting a better job/ education
  • getting fit/ losing weight
  • managing debt
  • managing stress
  • quitting cigarette smoking
  • volunteering to help others

This time of year, my local library has self-help books showcased on the endcaps and sitting on the display tables near the check-out stations. Is it really that easy to change your life? Just by “declaring” resolutions or reading a how-to book? Lives don’t change from the top down, but from the bottom up. What I mean is this: we must have a firm foundation.

But why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord’ and do not do the things which I say? Whoever comes to Me, and hears My sayings and does them, I will show you whom he is like. He is like the man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently against that house, and could not shake it, for it was founded on the rock. But he who heard and did nothing is like a man who built a house on the earth without a foundation, against which the stream beat vehemently, and immediately it fell, And the ruin of that house was great. (Luke 6:46-49)

Of course there is room for self-discipline and attention to areas of our lives where we see have been negligent. We should strive to do our best, with diligence and energy, in all that God has given us to do. But as we attend to these matters with care let us not forget where our strength lies, and in whom it lies. Let us be sure our spiritual foundation is rock-solid. We should work out our own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure. (Philippians 2:13)

I originally planned to post about how I like to do a deep seasonal cleaning of my house in January, purging items I don’t need anymore, and about organization in my home, etc. But I decided that while those things do matter, in the end,  they don’t really matter that much. What matters most is, do I know God? Do I endeavour to glorify Him? In saving us from our own sin, we get a spiritual fresh start, with new mercies each day. Praise God!

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. (2 Corinthians 5:17)

He makes all things new.  He is the God of all our Januarys.

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