Many Americans make New Year's Resolutions. Many have "been there, done that" and have not found it to be that helpful.
I personally appreciate a new year. I think God gives us time and seasons to remind us that while those things change, His faithfulness doesn't. So, then I can rely on His never-changing faithfulness to help and sustain me throughout 2009.
As I have begun a new year of Bible reading, I have been reminded of the value of the discipline of spending time in God's Word. This morning my heart was encouraged as I read my 'daily assigned reading.' God uses time spent in His Word in such a great way, and if you were lacking in that area in 2008, maybe you could use the beginning of 2009 to renew your pursuit of God in this area.