2016 IS ALMOST here with many of us making New Year resolutions.
Whether it’s to quit smoking, spend more time with your family, hold your tongue, spend money more wisely, or simply eat a more varied diet, the research says that more than half of us plan to turn over a new leaf from January 1.
Now there’s actually nothing mystical that happens at midnight on January 1, but the idea of committing to ‘self improvement’ goes back to the Babylonians when they made promises to their deities at the start of each year to return borrowed objects and pay their debts.
In medieval times, knights took what was called a ‘peacock vow’ after Christmas to reaffirm their commitment to chivalry for the coming year.
Today, a number of Christian denominations hold ‘watch night’ (or late night) services on New Year’s Eve to review the past year, make confession, and prepare for the New Year ahead.
With this in mind, let’s ask four of the nation’s most active Christian acts, what their resolutions are -if they have any!
But first, let’s check in on American singer/songwriter Curt Anderson – who’s been a regular visitor to Australia over the past few years – to see how he’s gone with his previous resolution to get into shape…
Well done… Curt’s debut solo album Every Moment – which features his current hit Keep It Beating – releases mid January.
Next… an Aussie living in Nashville. Paul Colman. He’s in a jovial mood with something that upsets all of us at one time or another…
You guessed… Paul’s got a new album coming out in early 2016 as well.
Meanwhile… a man who’s been touring the country from top to bottom, and east to west in the past year with his album Come Home is Levi McGrath.
His 2016 resolution is the challenge to change his diet – the singer/songwriter and West Coast Eagles chaplain who launched his album Crazy Days last month – says his New Year resolution is to ‘stop and smell the roses’ a bit more.
While the guys are definitely on the self-improvement path, the ladies of Australian Christian music have another focus…
Shari [SHERRY] Hall – whose song Stars shot into TCM in the latter part of 2015 – says New Year resolutions are not quite ‘her thing’.
Like Shari, Mel Crothers – who you might know through her song Bigger – says that setting goals is more productive – for her – than making resolutions.
So whether it’s a goal or a resolution, one thing’s for sure, if God’s central to it, it has a better chance to succeed. So all the best with your goals and resolutions.
On behalf of the team at Woodlands Media, we hope that 2016 is a happy and safe New Year for you!