Have you set any New Year’s resolutions? If so, how many of them have you already broken?

I find every year I set out to do something, it’s only a matter of days before I fall short of my aspirations. Almost a week into 2022 and I am sure many of us have already struggled to keep up with things that we desired for this year.

Instead of binding ourselves to the notion of a resolution, I pose the idea of setting a New Year’s Intention. In other words, what are your hopes and aspirations for the upcoming year? When we set a resolution, we often feel like a failure if we “break” the resolution. Every time we do not do the things we hoped, we think we have failed.

However, with a New Year’s Intention, there is always more time to get it right. An intention truly just sets the direction in which we are headed. Once we head in that direction, many things will happen, but we can always recalibrate or adjust as needed. I have found that these “intentions” are a bit more gracious than resolutions. We don’t have to see ourselves as failures if we aren’t exactly where we want to be, but rather we can see that there is simply room to grow into our own desires.

So, what are your intentions for this year? How might you want to grow emotionally, physically, and spiritually? What direction are you headed in this calendar year?

As we begin 2022, we are starting a new sermon series based on a study by Magrey DeVega called The Bible Year. Our intention is that as a congregation we will hold close to God throughout this year. This study goes through the Bible in a year and aims to help us grow closer to God as individuals and as a community at large. We invite you to join us for this journey as we intend to grow in our faith and become more faithful followers of Christ.

I hope you will join us this Sunday as we begin this series! You can join us in-person or virtually at 11am!

Peace and blessings, 

Pastor Kipp