The Only New Year's
Resolution You Need
By Kimberly Chastain
I am going to make a bold statement.
I think I have the only New Year's Resolution you need. You have got
to be kidding, right??!!! You don't know me, Kimberly. You don't
know that I need to lose 20lbs., exercise, be a better mother, be a
better worker, a better wife, etc. How in the world can you boil it
down to one New Year's Resolution?
We can find our one New Year's
Resolution in the Bible. Listen to this verse, "Whether, then,
you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of
God." 1 Corinthians 10:31. What do you think? Can we sum up all
the many roles in our lives and state without reservation that we
are doing them to the glory of God? I have to admit I do not do
everything to the glory of God, but that certainly is a goal to try
and attain. When you look at your New Year's Resolutions how do they
look differently in light of this verse? Do I eat to the glory of
God? Do I parent my children to point them to God and reflect his
glory? Do my co-workers know there is something different about me,
because I reflect God's glory?
One thing I have learned recently is
to have an eternal perspective. When we think about eternity,
sometimes the big things we have been so stressed over no longer
seem so major. Will it matter in eternity whether my house was
spotless and my bed was made every day? Sounds kind of trivial,
doesn't it? What will matter is if my children spend eternity with
me in heaven. What will also matter is if I'm showing them how to
worship God in everything they do. When you start to get
frazzled and anxious ask yourself, "Will this matter in
eternity?" I don't mean to say we don't do a good job at work
and home, but we need to keep an eternal perspective.
My challenge for you and for me this
year is to "do all to the glory of God." Can you imagine
how our homes and workplaces would be radically changed if we truly
lived to glorify God? I certainly think they would be more peaceful.
I don't know if you agree with my "only" New Year's
Resolution, but I pray God will be glorified through you this year.
C 2004 Kimberly
Kimberly M. Chastain, MS, LMFT is the Christian Working Mom Coach
and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who specializes in
helping Christian women make the most of their lives. She is the
author of the on-line course, "I Can't Say No" and Pearls
of Encouragement for Christian Working Moms, a free e-book. If you
suffer from "I Can't Say 'No" Syndrome, visit Kimberly's
site today for the details on an exciting email course that's sure
to set you free! http://www.christianworkingmom.com/online.htm.
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