The New Year is a great time to renew our focus and set new goals; however, the goals which consume the majority of our time should be the ones which also provide the most lasting benefit—right? For example, if our New Year’s resolution is to lose weight and we plan to dedicate an hour a day to work on that goal, we do well to question the ultimate purpose for such a huge time commitment. Is our goal to be healthier so we may better glorify God or just so we can look better in our jeans? Will our time in the gym mean we forfeit quiet time with God because working out will make our schedule too full? Will our “gym body” be used to detract attention away from glorifying God? What’s the purpose of our goal? Paul the Apostle said: “For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.”(Gal. 1:10) When we know God, we know it is knowing Him—not pleasing others–which makes us MOST satisfied. He maximizes the best in us so that we live to our fullest potential. We do not EVER get back the hour that just passed us by–so how we spend it DOES matter! Shouldn’t we take advantage of the eternal investment opportunities which God offers us? I suspect that one day when we’re in heaven we’ll look back at our lives and wonder why we didn’t grasp this principle sooner. We are given ONE opportunity to live each minute we are given today. Will we spend them upon things which pass away? If our goal is to be healthier, then–rather than adhere to man’s standards about how that should be accomplished–why don’t we ask God? He created us and knows more about us than anyone. It’s likely God will give us a work-out plan which will produce surprising results and also opportunities for eternal results. The more we learn to depend upon His wisdom, the more He gives us goals which provide a spiritual, physical, emotional and intellectual balance. Our best New Year’s resolutions are the ones which come from God!