It’s that time of year again: time to resolve to live differently in the year to come. Some people resolve to lose Christmas weight, others resolve to learn a new skill, and a few resolve to stop making silly resolutions that they will never keep!
Life is made up of seasons. Solomon reflected on this in Ecclesiastes 3:
“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:
2 a time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
3 a time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to build up;
4 a time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
5 a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
6 a time to seek, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
7 a time to tear, and a time to sew;
a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
8 a time to love, and a time to hate;
a time for war, and a time for peace.
9 What gain has the worker from his toil? 10 I have seen the business that God has given to the children of man to be busy with. 11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end. 12 I perceived that there is nothing better for them than to be joyful and to do good as long as they live; 13 also that everyone should eat and drink and take pleasure in all his toil—this is God’s gift to man.”
Everyone has hopes and dreams for a change in their life. And that change is highlighted by a new year with twelve months stretching ahead of us. But what will make this year different from the one we just completed?
Solomon emphasizes the great variety that God has built into life, and all the beauty that we can experience in the everyday. But it’s not enough. God crafted us to long for more, to dream bigger dreams than this earth can hold. And as Jesus stepped into this world to show us a different way to live, He helps us to step out of the expectations of the world to the much grander and broader goals that He dreams for us.
No matter what goals you set for yourself this year, do not forget to pray for God to speak some dreams into your heart. And who knows where 2016 will take you!
God, thank You for speaking eternity into our hearts. Thank You for the dreams that are bigger than simply living, and our desire to touch the stars. You have crafted so much more into this world than what we can touch and experience. Thank You for the curiosity that inspires us to continue searching, and for the promise that You will be with us. Please help me to set goals for this coming year that echo Your heart for me and what I can accomplish. Thank You for dreaming big for my life. To You be the glory. Amen.