Resolve: Read the Bible and Enjoy Life Now


This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. (Psalm 118:24)

godsplanToday, about 40% of Americans make New Year’s resolutions. If you’re looking to change your life in 2015, consider the experiences of older Americans and corresponding lessons from the Bible.

Researchers at Cornell University conducted a survey of a thousand adults (over 70 years old) from different backgrounds. They collected advice on topics ranging from marriage and careers to parenting and aging. Of particular interest is what the elders said about happiness.

These oldsters learned over the course of their lives, lessons that could have been known by simply reading the Bible.

Surprised?

Listed here are their most frequent lessons learned followed by corresponding thoughts from the apostles, Paul and Matthew.

Eliminate unnecessary worrying

The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. (Philippians 4:6)

Stay positive

Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. (Philippians 4:8)

Acceptance

Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? (Matthew 6:25)

Savor

Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. If you do this, you will experience God’s peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7)

As one man said, “It seems to take a lifetime to learn how to live in the moment, but it shouldn’t. I wish I could have learned this in my 30s rather than in my 60s. It would have given me decades more to enjoy life in this world.”

Resolve: read the Bible and enjoy life now.

Happy New Year from everyone at Bent Creek Baptist Church.