New Year's resolutions

A Word of Caution Regarding Bible Reading Resolutions

Sam Allberry: 

This is truly frightening: it is possible for us to hold to the authority of God’s word, and to never miss a day of carefully reading our Bible, and yet all the while neglect coming to Jesus. There is a way to be biblical but not relational. But it makes us into a Pharisee, not a disciple. Biblical it may be, in one sense, but in a way that is profoundly unbiblical. [...]
But what matters most is love for God. So I say to myself and to you: read the Bible in 2017. Read it, not to “conquer” books of the Bible or to “get them under your belt” (scare-quotes entirely necessary). Read it to kindle a fire for the Lord. Read it to prove his love for you, not to prove your self-discipline to him or to others.

Consider covering up the dates on your Bible reading plan. This doesn't solve the problem, of course (which is ultimately a matter of the heart), but it's a step in a healthy direction. 

New Year, New Lie

In a recent episode of Back to Work[1], Merlin Mann had this to say about New Year’s Resolutions:

It’s a fresh lie for a fresh year. ’Cause, if you were really resolved to do something, you wouldn’t need a calendar to tell you it’s time.[2]

It’s a good point, really. If there’s a change worth making in my life, then why would I wait for January 1 to make it? Why not make that change today? Probably because I’m not very serious about making said change.



  1. Back to Work, hosted by Merlin Mann and Dan Benjamin, is one of my favorite podcasts right now. They cover topics such as work, productivity, tools, etc.  You’ll find it on 5by5.  ↩

  2. You’ll find this quote at approximately the 32:45 mark.  ↩

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