Do More? Be More

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As a couple, discuss 2 Corinthians 5. Read the chapter together or individually, then focus your conversation on the following passage and discussion questions.

"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come." — 2 Corinthians 5:17

  • What do you like or dislike about making New Year's resolutions?
  • What's the best resolution you ever kept?
  • What do we need to surrender to God for Him to breathe new life into our marriage?

We sometimes get caught up in making big resolutions in January. If we're not careful, setting goals becomes a self-improvement project that aims so high we quickly give up. But when we give God control, He is able to make lasting changes in our lives. We can trust that He's shaping us into the person He's created us to be.

Instead of resolving to do more, what about asking God to help you be more? What does your relationship need you to be? More loving? More attentive? More available? Now, that's a plan for the new year that could make a big difference.

For devotions to help make your faith — and your marriage — stronger each week of the year, see Jim and Jean Daly’s book The Best Year of Your Marriage: 52 devotions to bring you closer.

This article first appeared in the December 2015/January 2016 issue of Focus on the Family's Thriving Family magazine.
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