Both for my benefit and yours, I thought it might be helpful to put some of my New Year’s Resolutions in writing. It benefits me by making it rather public and also helps me clearly articulate some areas of improvement to focus on this next year. It could benefit you by giving you some ideas for your own resolutions.
Now I realize not everyone is on the New Year’s Resolution bandwagon, and I wouldn’t really consider myself on it either. Some may feel that making any kind of resolutions for doing more/trying harder in the new years smacks of works righteousness. It certainly might, but I think it depends on your overall motivation. I’m not resolving to do anything so that God will accept me or love me more. I’m resolving to grow in my knowledge of God and Christlikeness because God already loves me and accepts me in Christ.
I think with that difference in mind, resolutions are merely an exercise in grace driven effort. I want to do these things to grow, and in order for that to happen God will need to supply the grace. Without God, resolutions are just me trying to pull myself up my bootstraps and the end result will either be pride (because I did it!) or despair (because I failed!).
So in that light, this week I think I’ll post some of the resolutions/goals I have for this coming year.
For starters, I’d like to grow in my knowledge of Scripture. As Edwards resolved:
28. Resolved, to study the Scriptures so steadily, constantly and frequently, as that I may find, and plainly perceive myself to grow in the knowledge of the same.
To do that, I’m using the reading plan from Professor Grant Horner (10 chapters a day from various lists), which I posted about last month. Tim Challies has more to say about it as far as resources go, and there is even a Facebook Group.
You may notice a slight discrepancy between how this reading plan should work and what Edwards resolved (hint: Edwards says “study” and this plan doesn’t really allow that). My purpose in doing this plan is more saturation than study. I think I’ve got the study part down (the process, not the mastery of Scripture) but I’d like to do a plan aimed at really familiarizing myself with the totality of Scripture and seeing different connections I might miss by doing a sequential read through or in depth study of a single book.
Since the goal is to grow in knowledge of Scripture, I’m not bound to keep up this plan, but I’ll definitely see how it goes this first month and then go from there.
If you’re looking for a Bible reading plan to start off your year, and aren’t particularly interested in joining us in the 3650 challenge, here are two roundups for your enjoyment:
- Justin Taylor’s list
- Nathan Bingham’s list
If you can’t find one on there that works, maybe create your to own, but at least have some plan or reading Scripture is likely to fall through the cracks. Trust me on that, I know!