Any resolve I might make that has to wait for January first, cannot be a sincere resolution. If it is something I should do, then I should start doing it the moment it comes to mind. Resolutions made December 31st must be the real thing.
If it is losing weight that I decide I must do (and really I should do that) then I should wake up this morning and say, "Today is the first day of the rest of my life. I have to stop sweets and extra helpings NOW." Then tomorrow morning, after I have pigged out the night before, I have to say the same thing. The starting line is now for anything seriously in need of change.
It is a daily resolve we undertake to kill a little more sin and learn to walk with Jesus a little better. That just can't wait for a calendar marker like the first of the year, or month or whatever.
Now after scorning the idea of making New Year's Resolutions, I must admit to resolving to attempt a through the bible read. The printed chart begins with January 1, and my contemporaries announced it just at this time of the year, so I jumped at the challenge.
I remember as a brand new Christian, resolving to leave the liberal church of which I was already a member. I was saved watching Billy Graham several weeks (months?) prior. But when the pastor preached about George Washington on Washington's birthday, I wanted to hear the word of God. It had become the right time for me to make the resolution, "By the grace of God, this is the last sermon I will hear in this church." And it was.
I also have made a resolution to write more blogs this year. No, it wasn't a New Year's resolution, but I thought I would share that with you.