New Year’s Resolutions

With the beginning of a new year, it’s inevitable that resolutions are always made. How many of you have made them?

Among the top resolutions this year are to get in shape, lose weight, get more organized, read more good books, and spend more time with family and friends. The problem is sometimes we are not realistic in our resolutions.

Here are some resolutions made by some people over the years that had to be realistically changed with the passing of time.

Commit myself to reading more

  • 2003: I will read at least 20 good books a year.
  • 2004: I will read at least 10 books a year.
  • 2005: I will read five books a year.
  • 2006: I will finish Greg’s new book this tear.
  • 2007: I will read some articles in the newspaper this year.
  • 2008: I will try and finish the comics this year.

Commit myself to losing weight and getting in shape

  • 2001: I will get my weight down below 170.
  • 2002: I will watch my calories until my weight is below 200.
  • 2003: I will follow my new diet until I get below 220.
  • 2004: I will try to develop a more realistic attitude about my weight.
  • 2005: I will work out five days a week.
  • 2006: I will work out three days a week.
  • 2007: I will work out one day a week.
  • 2008: I will drive past a gym at least once a week.

Commit myself to getting my finances in order.

  • 2004: I will pay off my bank loan promptly.
  • 2005: I will pay off my bank loans promptly.
  • 2006: I will be totally out of debt by next year.
  • 2007: I will try to pay off the debt Interest by next year.
  • 2008: I will try to be out of the country by next year.

Make a stronger spiritual commitment

  • 2004: I will go to church on Sundays and Wednesdays, and get involved in the men’s or women’s Bible study.
  • 2005: I will go to church on Sundays and some Wednesdays.
  • 2006: I will go to church on Sundays.
  • 2007: I will listen to Christian teaching programs on my way to work.
  • 2008: I will read Greg’s blog when I think about it.


Most of us have made them and we quickly adjust as reality sets in. Does that mean that it is a bad thing to make resolutions or commitments? No, because if we continue to “lower the bar,” we will sink into stagnation at best and full-blown sin at worst.

We need to have goals, objectives, and things we shoot for in life. No, we must constantly be seeking to grow, learn, deepen, and obey.

Here are the words of the apostle Paul after years of walking with God:

No, dear friends, I am still not all I should be, but I am focusing all my energies on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I strain to reach the end of the race and receive the prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us up to heaven. I hope all of you who are mature Christians will agree on these things. If you disagree on some point, I believe God will make it plain to you. (Philippians 3:13-15 NLT).

So let’s resolve to get closer to God in 2009!

14 thoughts on “New Year’s Resolutions”

  1. Mariana says:

    Hi Pastor Greg!

    Great list of resolutions, LOL. I had a kick reading those.

    As for me, I need to lose weight, get back in shape (not the round one), and read and pray in a constant schedule, whether in the morning, night, or during the day. Praying and reading at one time of the day, at least, as well as getting more involved in church projects like I did last month.

    I also have many books that are on my queue, so, I’ll try to read ’em too!

    As for getting closer to my Lord, I already talked about that with Him sometime ago before the year ended, because I had “spiritual depression” for most of 2008, and I really don’t want that to happen this year and will work on it.

    Thanks for sharing and motivating us to be more comitted in our relationship with our Lord.


  2. Kathryn says:


    Is it possible to get a copy of the Maranatha Song Book you illustrated back in the day? I have been looking for it for a while I know it is out of print. Are there any copies around anywhere? Please respond.

    Greg responds:

    Sorry, but we do not have any of those. You might try googling it. Perhaps you could find it on Ebay?
    Happy hunting!

  3. Melanie says:

    Amen, Pastor Greg. Hilarious reminder for me to not make resolutions this year, except to grow closer to the Lord, then everything else will fall into place.

    I’m still dieting anyway, though. 🙂

  4. Jennifer says:


    I have to share something silly with you that you inspired in my ten year-old son. We attend Harvest and recently you have been imitating Bob Coy and his phrase “here’s why” (with the added silly finger movements too). Well my son almost got in trouble at school one morning when his teacher started to explain a new concept by saying “here’s why”. He started giggling to himself and had a hard time keeping it inside!
    He told me about it on the way to school the next day (when we listen to A New Beginning). Now he does this silly phrase and accompanying movements all the time to make me laugh.
    Keep inspiring my son, Pastor Greg! I’m glad he is listening.
    Jennifer Stancavage

  5. Becky says:

    Hahaha I will drive BY the gym!! lol You are so funny..Thanks for making my day on this first of 2009:)

    God Bless us all in the New year and for sure My biggest plan is to stay Closer to Our Lord and Learn more:)

    Praying for you Greg:)
    Happy New Year !!!


  6. Cherie says:

    Amen. Lord, help all my brothers and sisters in Christ grow closer to you in 2009. May we continue to fight the good fight and finish the race that you have set before us. Help us put You Number 1 on a list of one. Help us cast aside all those things that have held us back from being completely used by You. I love you with all my heart, soul, and mind. To God be the Glory!!! Blessings to you, Pastor Greg, and your entire family!!!

  7. Miranda Family says:

    Happy New Year!

    From our home to yours, blessings to everyone! And yes, let’s all get closer to God in 2009!

    Blessings ~ Becky

  8. Brandie says:

    Pastor Greg,

    Those past resolutions sound a lot like mine. 😛 lol, You’re too funny. Hope you and your family have a happy & safe New Year. God bless you. See you this Sunday:)

  9. Teri says:

    That’s the best resolution ever, to get closer to God! We should praise Him and glorify Him each and every day of our lives, Amen? Amen. God Bless you, Pastor Greg, Cathe, Jonathan, Brittany, Stella, and baby Lucy. Have a blessed 2009.

  10. Christina says:

    I am not gonna resolve anything. It is God who works in you and through you. I want more Jesus, less Christina.;) and I definitely want humility.

    Alistair Begg said in the Preach The Word DVD, “Humility is the soil where all the riches of grace in Jesus Christ blooms!” I hope I said that right? lol

    At the end of 2009, if I or “we” still haven’t been raptured up (lol), I hope to be more like my Savior and in jubilee at the death of self! Of course, I need to print this now and read it to myself in 2009!! lol

    Of course, Pastor Greg, your’re good at keeping us on course with death to self, verse by verse as we study the truths of God. Thy Word is Truth, thanks 4 that!

    3 John 4..
    Grace, peace and mercy.
    Christina (Micah 6:8)

  11. Sandee says:

    Dear Pastor Greg,

    Last year, I made a resolution (with encouragement from your podcasts) to find and attend a church regularly. Well, thanks to my friend Lisa, who asked me one day (yep, in mid-January) to go to church with her, I can honestly say I have only missed attending three times! And, boy have I learned so much about God! Thank you, Pastor Greg, for your inspiration you gave me to start!

    Happy New Year!

  12. Dan says:

    Pastor Greg,

    I loved the list of resolutions!

    We all make them. I, for one, love a good list. 21 Laws . . . 7 Habits . . . 12 Steps . . .

    There is just something in our nature that wants to self-improve. The problem is it’s our list. Like you, I am praying and asking God what he wants on His List for 2009.

    I’m pondering Ephesians 4:20: “Now glory be to God! By His mighty power at work within us, He is able to accomplish infinitely more than we would ever dare to ask or hope.” (NLT)

    God delights in taking our weaknesses and accomplishing great things.

    Dan from Charlotte

  13. Sandy says:

    Pastor Greg,

    We got a good laugh reading the resolutions!!

    Just this morning, Brad and I sat and talked about our resolutions. That is why we laughed so hard!

    We love you and pray for you and your family.

    I agree with you, we just need to get closer to our loving Father and everything else will fall into place.

    Hee Haw from Texas,
    Sandy and Brad

  14. Kathryn says:

    Great points and message. Funny! Had no idea what a comedian we have in our midst. We should call you Greg Laurieman!

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