Beginnings are a gift from God. Every morning when the sun comes up we have the opportunity to start fresh and put into practice the lessons learned from our yesterdays. The clean slate of a brand-new day should inspire us to live life better.
New Year’s Resolutions are a perfect example of our desire to take advantage of beginnings as we imagine the best version of ourselves. We sit down and contemplate what we want to do, who we want to become, where we would like to go, and what we would like to change. It’s exciting to think of how things could be, but in order to have a life well lived, contemplation must be followed by action. God has put each of His children into service and requires us to be participants and not just spectators.
As Christians the greatest commendation we can hope to receive from Jesus is, “well done, my good and faithful servant.” Not “well said” or “well thought”, but “well done.” Faith is active and demands us to be doers of the word and not just observers. Yes, we are called to be steadfast and persistent and never give up, but there are some exceptions to this rule. One of the best New Year’s resolutions I’ve ever made was to give up. Before you quit reading this, I think you will agree that giving up on these happiness killers will help you live the abundant life that Jesus desires for each of us.
“Well done” is a far greater compliment than “well said.”