January  2023

So help me God

No matter how firm our resolutions, we can’t make ourselves better people by ourselves. God empowers our good

works when we rely on his aid. H.P. Nichols, a 19th-century poet, wrote:

If I resolve, with the new year,

a better child to be,

’Twill do no good at all, I fear,

but rather harm to me,

Unless I try, with every day,

no angry word to speak;

Unless, each morn, to God I pray

to keep me mild and meek.

Then let me try with all my might,

and may God help me too,

Always to choose the way that’s right,

whatever act I do

Biblical resolutions

Hold firmly to your faith (Hebrews 4:14)

Assemble with the saints (Hebrews 10:25)

Pray and thank God earnestly (1 Thessalonians 5:17-18)

Petition God for great blessings (Malachi 3:10)

Yield not to temptation (1 Thessalonians 5:22)

Notice opportunities to serve others (Galatians 6:10)

Examine yourself daily (2 Corinthians 13:5)

Work diligently for the Lord (1 Corinthians 15:58)

Yearn for righteousness (Matthew 5:6)

Exercise godliness (1 Timothy 4:7)

Aim for sinless perfection (Hebrews 6:1)

Redeem the time, living wisely (Ephesians 5:15-16)

—Gus Nichols (adapted)