It’s already the 3rd day in 2019.
The effort to keep up with new resolutions are high!
The excitement, palpable.
The optimism, evident.
And rightfully so, it’s a good thing to do.

As I have been mulling over this next year, I noticed a shift in how I was thinking. Instead of trying to focus primarily on what I wanted to accomplish, I began focusing on who I wanted to become. Sure, the two are closely linked, but I want the end goal to be holistic, not just a string of random resolutions I may or may not have followed through with.

What do I want to be known for? What do I want people to pick up when they are around me? What do I want to be said of me when I am not in the room? What character traits do I need to let die? What character traits do I need to grow in to become more like Jesus?

As I think back on previous resolutions, there has been a few things that have always made it on the list; reading, studying and enjoying the Bible daily and praying. To be honest, the former comes much easier than the latter. I would usually set some sort of numbers and goals around these two ambitions; and to no surprise, the latter ambition would fade out eventually. Not that I wouldn’t pray at all - but prayer was hardly something I would be known for if someone watched me daily.

This year, I don’t want “praying more” to be one of my resolutions.
I want to become a praying man.
Something I should be by now but am not.
And the difference is vast.

I want to become someone who goes to the Lord constantly.
I want it to be something that comes out the core of who I am and what I believe.
Not because I need another thing to do this new year.
It’s out of desperation, not duty.

My ambitions to become a humble, meek and patient man..
My desires to become more loving and self-serving..
My longing to become more holy and obedient..
I have no hope for change outside of Jesus.
That’s why this isn’t just another thing to check off.
It’s imperative. It’s urgent. It’s indispensable.

To roll onto Him my burdens and cares.
To come to Him for power and strength.
To praise Him because He is worthy!

We leave so much on the table and deal with so much unnecessary grief and pain - all because we do not come to Him who promises to hear us, comfort us, change us and answer us.

Take a look and listen at the song below, “What A Friend We Have In Jesus” by The Sing Team - it sums up what I wish to be true of me and what I know is true of our God. What a friend we have in Jesus!

What a friend we have in Jesus
All our sins and griefs to bear
What a privilege to carry
Everything to God in prayer
Oh, what peace we often forfeit
Oh what needless pain we bear
All because we do not carry
Everything to God in prayer

Have we trials and temptations?
Is there trouble anywhere?
Jesus, Savior, is our refuge
Take it to the Lord in prayer
Are we weak and heavy laden
Cumbered with a load of care?
Jesus knows our every weakness
Take it to the Lord in prayer

Oh, what a friend
Oh, what a friend in Jesus
Oh, what a friend
Oh, what a friend in Jesus

Blessed Savior, You have promised
All our burdens You will bear
May we ever, Lord, be bringing
All to you in earnest prayer
Soon, in glory bright unclouded
Face to face will be our prayer
Joyful praise and endless worship
Will be our sweet portion there