“There’s a difference between interest and commitment.  When you are interested in doing something, you do it only when it is convenient.  When you are committed to something, you accept no excuses, only results.”   -Kenneth Blanchard

I saw this quote on a friend’s Facebook post a while back and thought it was interesting, especially as we are getting at the beginning of a new year.  There is something about a new year that promises a fresh start.  Whatever the previous year brought, both good and bad, this year is a NEW year, one filled with new opportunities and possibilities.  Maybe that is the reason why so many people make New Year’s resolutions.  The list is pretty familiar.  People want to lose weight, exercise more, eat better, get more sleep, spend more time with family, be more consistent in a prayer/devotion time, read the Bible more, etc.  The hard truth, however, is that most people are more interested in these things than they are committed.  They do these things up to the point that it becomes inconvenient or a bit challenging, and then they stop.  The ones who follow through on the new year’s resolutions are the ones who are committed, who keep doing that good thing when it becomes hard and even tedious at times.

God calls us to not just be interested, but be committed.  I would like to offer, then, some new year’s resolutions that in some ways are much simpler than the one’s listed above, but in other ways are more challenging.  Each of them reflects a commitment to God that God will honor when we follow through on making a true commitment to Him.

1)      Recognize that your body is a “temple of the Holy Spirit” (1 Cor. 6:19-20), and commit to honoring God through how you treat your body.  The actions may involve losing weight or exercising more, going to bed earlier, etc., but instead of focusing on the particular action, look at the overall goal of how you can honor God.

2)      Commit to honoring God in your heart and soul.  Recognize that God has blessed you through His daily presence with you, the sending of Jesus Christ, and the presence of the Holy Spirit.  We find ways to spend time with the people who are important to us.  Is God one of those whom you will find it important to spend time with in the coming year?

3)      Commit to honoring God through your relationships with others.  We are powerful witnesses of God through how we treat one another.  Do others see God’s presence in us when we are around them? What are ways we can be active in our church and community that show the love of Christ?

4)      Commit to love more, forgive more, and grumble less.

As I noted above, these resolutions are simpler than a laundry list of items we want to improve in the new year, but they are also more challenging as well.  The benefit, though, is that these commitments can become more than temporary resolutions and instead can become holy habits we continue throughout our lives.

Are you merely interested, or will you make a commitment to honor God in all of your life in this new year?