Biblical Resolutions (part 1)

Chelsea and I recorded this episode late at night closing out the year 2021.

We discuss the history of New Year’s resolutions. The roots go back to ancient history!

We hash some statistics about how many people make resolutions, what they’re about, and how successful (or unsuccessful many are).

We then look at what the Bible says about resolutions and making rash promises. The secular world is often flippant and rash with empty pledges. Christians should be slow to make promises and take their own words to heart as the Bible says “Let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes’ and your ‘No’ be ‘No.'”

Sources Cited:

Amanda Capritto, “The history of New Year’s resolutions and celebrations,” CNet.com, December 1, 2020.

Sarah Pruitt, “The History of New Year’s Resolutions,” History.com, Updated December 30, 2015.

New Year’s Resolution Statistics (2021 Updated),” Discover Happy Habits, Updated November 13, 2021.

Alyssa Flores, “Top 10 most common New Year’s Resolutions and how to stick to them,” Kris 6 News, December 30, 2021.

Catherine Choi, “New Year’s resolution statistics,” Finder.com, Updated December 4, 2020.

Scriptures Cited:

2 Corinthians 1:17-18

James 5:12

Romans 7:18

Ecclesiastes 5:2