New Year’s Resolutions

By Caleb Hong, Spiritual Life Division Head

I hope that everyone had a wonderful Christmas break and New Year’s. Now it’s back to the harsh reality of the long, slow grind. Some of us may have made New Year’s resolutions, some of us probably haven’t. I probably couldn’t keep a resolution to save my life.

But in all seriousness, as we go into the new semester, there are so many things we have to do and many things we hope to accomplish. In the midst of all our business, we must remember that our lives are not our own; we live not for ourselves, but for the glory of the kingdom of God. We have no control over what will happen. James 4:14 says “Yet you do not know what a day may bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.” Only God knows what is to come, and only he can alter the course of events.

Something I think is very foreign to American culture but essential to our identity as Christians is the idea of kingship and a kingdom. One thing is clear, the kingdom of heaven is a KINGDOM, not a democracy. God is a sovereign king, not a president. Not our will, but His be done. It’s a hard pill to swallow.

So what does this all have to do with us? How does it apply to our lives?

It’s easy to get so caught up in school and life that we forget what our center is. Sure, we might want good grades, and to attend a good college, and get a good job, but our focus is always on Christ and his kingdom. So this year, refocus. Remember who and what you live for. Spend some time in prayer and in the word, it can give much needed guidance and strength.

I’m looking forward to this new semester together.

Happy New Year