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.
© 2004 Kimberly Chastain About the Author
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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