R You Ready for a New Year - New Year’s Revolution by James Clear

R You Ready for a New Year - New Year’s Revolution by James Clear

We instructed you how to live in order to please God, as in fact you are living. Now we ask you and urge you in the Lord Jesus to do this more and more. 1 Thessalonians 4:1, NIV

Recommended Reading: 1 Thessalonians 4:1-10

Make a small improvement to one habit today. Too many people make a list of resolutions that are too big to keep. But if you resolve to change one habit in an incremental way, the change can be dramatic. James Clear wrote in Atomic Habits: “Habits are the compound interest of self-improvement. The same way that money multiplies through compound interest, the effects of your habits multiply as you repeat them. They seem to make little difference on any given day and yet the impact they deliver over the months and years can be enormous.”[1]

Paul commended the Thessalonians, but he told them to keep growing—to please God more and more. And he asked God to sanctify them “through and through” (1 Thessalonians 5:23, NIV). That doesn’t happen overnight. It happens as we continually resolve to make small improvements to our everyday habits, and to do so more and more.

It is only when looking back two, five, or perhaps ten years later that the value of good habits and the cost of bad ones becomes strikingly apparent.