For the next four years, and for the rest of my life, by God’s grace ...
I will be loyal. I’ll be loyal to the Lord, to His Word, to my wife, to my covenant relationships and to my calling (see Rom. 14:8).
I will be loving. Following Christ’s example and empowered by His Spirit, I’ll love all brothers and sisters in Christ, all unbelievers, and those who oppose me. I commit to love my enemies and pray for those who persecute followers of Christ (see Matt. 5:44).
I will be a light. In a darkening culture, I’ll let the light of Christ, the gospel, and the truth shine through my life (see Matt. 5:16).
I will keep laboring. I’ll give myself fully to God’s work, knowing that my labor in the Lord is never in vain (see 1 Cor. 15:58).
I will be lifting. I’ll seek to lift the burdens of the needy and be an advocate for justice. I will bring the hope of the gospel and point people to Christ, who delivers us from despair to hope and darkness to light (see Gal. 6:2).
I will keep learning. I’ll seek to grow in grace and in the knowledge of Christ. I will deepen my relationship with God and stay fascinated with all of life (see 2 Peter 3:18).
I will keep laughing. Even in difficult circumstances I’ll remember there’s a brighter, lighter side of life. “I will rejoice in the Lord and be joyful in God my Savior” (Habakkuk 3:18).
I will keep looking. I’ll remember that “the kingdoms of this world will become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ” (Rev. 11:15). I’ll be fruitful today, “looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ” (Titus 2:13).