Another year has come and gone and another year has just begun. People across every nation, every culture, and every race are making resolutions that they hope will impact their life. Some want to lose weight. Some want a better career. Some want love and happiness. To all those those who really want to change their life and gain eternal happiness, this article was written just for you.
Quit doing the same stupid things over and over, expecting a different result. Ungodliness, worldly lusts and sinful living lead to unhappiness — “many foolish and hurtful lusts” drown men in despair and destruction (1 Tim. 6:9). “Who has woe? Who hath sorrow? Who hath contentions? Who has complaining? Who has wounds without cause? Who has redness of eyes?” Sinners, that’s who (Prov. 23:29). Remember, the way of transgressors is hard (Prov 13:15)!
Sincerely strive to bring joy and happiness to others (1 Cor. 10:24 f; Phil. 2:3, 4). Please others rather than yourself. Go out of your way to warm the hearts of the sick and lonely. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you (Matt 7:12). If you do, a happy new year is assured for you.
Learn to be content with such things as you have (Heb 13:5). “For I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therein to be content” (Phil. 4:11). Riches from without will not produce peace from within.
Resolve to go to heaven and take others with you. Obey the gospel of Christ (Rom 10:10 f; Acts 2:38). Continue in the doctrine of Christ (2 Jn 9). Endure trials and tribulations knowing a crown of life awaits you (Jam 1:12). Peace comes to those who serve the Lord but for the wicked there is no peace (Isa 54:13 cf; 57:21) Have you ever seen a faithful Christian who diligently is seeking to go to heaven who is miserable? Neither have I.
Conclusion: Happiness does not come from making large sums of money or rising to the pinnacle of power. Happiness does not come from being beautiful and having many sexual conquests. No! Happiness comes from serving the Lord our God. “Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Phil 4:4-7). Therefore, if you want to ultimate New Year’s resolution, SERVE GOD!