In a few days many people will be making the obligatory new year’s resolutions. How about you?
I’ve read some things before that argue why Christians shouldn’t make new year resolutions. This week I read an article that argued for them in an appropriate measure. Jesse Johnson asks, “New Year’s Resolutions: do you make them or mock them?”
Here’s an excerpt:
“Normative Christian living contains self-examination. There is a morbid introspection that goes too far; we all know those who are Christian Eeyores, moping about, striving to uncover any hidden motive behind every action. That sort of spiritual depression is not what I am talking about. But there is a healthy self-examination that should be part of the Christian life. Self-assessment can be extremely beneficial in our quest for godliness.
And if we are honest, it is often difficult to gauge our spiritual health on a daily basis. The urgency of life clamors, and daily demands can drown out solitude and prayer. That is one of the benefits of self-examination at communion; there is a certain ceremonial stillness that forces us to ask “how have I lived this week? This month?”
For that reason, I find that an annual spiritual inventory more helpful than daily spiritual contemplation. . . “
Here’s the whole article.