I prefer to think of it as a challenge as I know I will try harder to do what I have purposed for we all know what they say about "resolutions", they are made to be broken.
What is the "challenge" ? To read the bible through and commit some of it to memory. Why would I want to do that you might ask. The bible is more than just a book....it is the Logos. In the first chapter of John it says, " In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. There is a good reason for a capital W, as the word is one of many names for Jesus. A good study bible like the Full Life Study Bible (King James Version) will help you to understand the truth that can open up a whole new way of life.
The bible gives HOPE,PEACE,MERCY,GRACE, and so much more. It is full of promises from God, and as a born again believer and a child of God you can trust his word.
One of my favorite passages is found in Psalms 103, several years ago I committed the first five verses to memory and I can tell you there has been many times when those words comforted my soul and helped turn situations around. Verse seventeen of the same chapter says, " the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children's children." That is a promise for my grandchildren. Fear in this passage means extreme reverence, not fear as in afraid.
We are living in a time when men's hearts will fail them because of fear, but those that have put their trust in the Living God will have no fear. For this confidence read Psalms 27.
I pray in 2009 you will draw closer to God and if you do not have a relationship with Him I pray you will seek Him, Matthew 7:7 says, "Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: GOD DESIRES FOR YOU TO KNOW HIM.
I HOPE YOU WILL BE ABLE TO SAY "2009 I HAVE MADE CHRIST MINE"