Happy 2012! May each of its days find you growing “in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Pet. 3:18, NKJV).

I Hereby Resolve To. . . .

By Lyndelle Brower Chiomenti, Editor, CQ Bible Study Guide

New Year’s resolutions are so cliché. Of course, anything that’s been around since approximately 2000 B.C. is bound to be.

Yes, the earliest known record of people celebrating New Year’s is from 2000 B.C. in Mesopotamia.1 Can you imagine what their resolutions must have been? Yet human nature being what it is, most of their resolutions probably weren’t much different in essence from what people resolve today. Many of the current top resolutions among the average population in modern countries involve losing weight, drinking less alcohol, managing debt and stress, saving more money, breaking the nicotine habit, and taking a trip.2

While these are all worthy goals, what might Christians hope to accomplish during the new year? What resolutions can help to strengthen your connection with God? First of all, how about asking Him what He would like to see for you during the year 2012 (James 1:5)? Then determine to rely on His strength to help you reach that goal (Ps. 27:1, 14; Isa. 41:10). Share your resolutions with a trusted friend who can encourage you and pray with you (Job 42:10; 1 Thess. 5:25; James 5:13‒15). And don’t become proud when you succeed (Prov. 3:34; 16:18; 29:23; James 4:6; 1 Pet. 5:5, 6). Remember instead to “Commit your way to the Lord, / Trust also in Him, / And He shall bring it to pass” (Ps. 37:5, NKJV).3

So happy 2012! May each of its days find you growing “in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen” (2 Pet. 3:18, NKJV).
1. The New Encyclopedia Britannica, Micropedia, “New Year Festival,” vol. 8, p. 645.
2. “13 Most Common New Year Resolutions (by USA.gov)”, https://icebreakerideas.com/new-year-resolutions/ (accessed June 7, 2018).
3. gotQuestions?org, “What sort of New Year’s Resolution should a Christian make?”, http://www.gotquestions.org/new-years-resolution.html (accessed December 19, 2011).