Spiritual New Year’s Resolution
Written by Lydia D’Ross, Ordained Minister and Outreach Chaplain for RENEWAL at Brookhaven Hospital
January is the first month of the year where many believers take time for quiet consecration. Faith goers take time out of their busy schedule, and seek God for direction. Some plan a time for a Daniel fast, eating no meat or liquids. It is a form of cleansing for your body as well as giving up things that you would typically do for a short period of time a day, to spend time with our heavenly Father. Some that practice their annual spiritual resolution go as far as abstaining from food for one or two meals a day and for a whole month. It is a great way to start fresh in the new year!
This is not a new practice for Christians as in the month of Ramadan, the Muslim faith community also fasts and prays for their own spiritual resolution.
Your intentions can be meaningful, but unless your resolutions involve accountability, the likelihood of failing within the first month is very possible. Even one day of a spiritual fast can yield positive results. The outcome is extraordinary and comes with high rewards.
The key to a spiritual new year’s resolution is that you are not alone. There is accountability between you and your heavenly Father. As many believers around the world know, the key to better living is to sacrifice something you love for a short time. Focus on what is important and stay on course.