Now that the holidays are over, we must once again focus on the necessary challenges of the day-in-day-out reality we struggled with in the past year. Unfortunately, the freshness of a new year does not do away with the staleness of previous year struggles. Given our trying economic times, with concerns about healthcare, warfare, jobs, housing, groceries, and the list can go on and on; you may be already finding it hard to maintain focus in 2016.
We annually and traditionally strategize to gain victory over various, old struggles through making New Year’s Resolutions we hope will solve our problems. For example, according to an article on the website Statistic Brain, the following are the top ten New Year’s resolutions for 2015 (which have not essentially changed since 2012, and I suspect are essentially the same for 2016 for many):
- Lose weight
- Get organized
- Spend less, save more
- Enjoy life to the fullest
- Stay fit and healthy
- Learn something new and exciting
- Quit smoking
- Help someone else achieve their dreams
- Fall in love
- Spend more time with family
From another angle, the top resolutions fall into the following categories (it’s greater than 100 percent because people chose multiple resolutions):
- Self-improvement or education resolutions—47 percent
- Weight related resolutions—38 percent
- Money related resolutions—34 percent
- Relationship related resolutions—31 percent
Well, whether our struggles are categorized as personal, relational, vocational, financial, spiritual, etc., we need some New Year’s resolutions with New Year solutions to old year problems that work! To accomplish this end, we must prioritize our challenges and direct our focus to what really matters most in our lives and make 2016 resolutions accordingly.
And that is just what we are doing at Main Street Baptist Church as we begin the New Year: focusing on essential matters and establishing New Year’s resolutions for New Year’s solutions. If you want to do the same, check out the new three week message series New Year, New You, beginning the first Sunday morning in January.
Furthermore, we will look at laser focusing our attention on New Year’s resolutions as a church body by exploring the vision and mission of MSBC for 2016 in the three week message series The Code, beginning Sunday morning January 24th. Additionally, we will examine the deep subject of God on Sunday nights in January-March during the evening services in the message series God. So plan now to be at MSBC…or the rest of us will gossip about you (just kidding!).
I’m looking forward to and excited about the challenges, resolutions, and opportunities of 2016…I hope you are as well.
Grace to you and blessings from your friend and pastor!