Resolutions aren’t bad, per se. People make resolutions for good reasons: to look trimmer, to get fitter, to quit smoking, to pay off credit cards, or to give up eating alpaca meat. But something about the New Year’s tradition has weakened it. Maybe it’s simply because it has become a tradition. And resolutions are usually all about what not to do.
People spend large swathes of time thinking about what to give up. Or what’s bad for them. Or that they feel badly for having done something that wasn’t good for them. Like eating too much yummy Christmas ham and or drinking too many cups of cheer on New Year’s Eve.
This year, 2014, is all about what to do. It’s about picking a path and walking it all the way to the end, no matter what. It’s about building your dream and seeing it through.
Ok. So you were a little indulgent. Whatever. Today is a new day. It’s time to get on with it. Let the past wallow in the mud. As for you, get up and pull yourself out of it.
Isn’t there something nagging at you, something in the back of your mind, a persistent thought that won’t give up on you? Why don’t you take a moment and listen to it? What’s it telling you?
Write the book. Run the marathon. Go back to school. Visit Paris. Apply for that job. Move overseas. Move anywhere. Roll the dice. Take the risk. Go. Do it.
You make resolutions
You make resolutions and they quickly fade. You start out well, but after a month (or day) or two you start to forget. All the reasons to not lose ten pounds come creeping back in, or the worries of life overwhelm you, or business picks up, or…you name it.
That’s why resolve is so much more powerful than an annual resolution. Resolve is something that you have. You decide to change your life and you own it. You will see it happen. Don’t let someone else pick your path for you this time, right? It’s you. Your conviction. Your choice. You will step forward, each day, with boldness, courage, and confidence that it will come to pass. You will go with resolve.
But you carry resolve with you. You own it. You have it.
In the ancient book of Isaiah the prophet, it said of Jesus,
For the Lord God helps Me,
Therefore, I am not disgraced;
Therefore, I have set my face like flint
And I know I will not be ashamed.
Isaiah 50: 7
Jesus set His face like stone toward His goal. Do you know what His goal was? The path that He chose was your salvation, healing, and restoration to the kingdom of God. That road took Him through fire. Torture, beatings, humiliation, betrayal, and murder. For you and for me. That’s resolve.
And Jesus had another advantage. God helped Him. Do you think that it is unfair? Not at all. Because with God’s help Jesus paved the way for you and me to get the same benefit. Just think of it, the Holy Spirit living in you. If you are a citizen of the kingdom, He is in you now. Waiting for you to turn to Him. If you are not a Christian He loves you no less, He is also waiting to help you. Why don’t you turn to Him?
Do yourself and the people you love a favor: go forward with resolve. Resistance will meet you. Guaranteed. Don’t let it bully you, or trick you, or persuade you to give up.
Pick your path, and set your face like stone to it. And go with the full confidence of Jesus, saying all the while,
I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.
Philippians 4: 13
And let me know what you resolve to do this year in the comments below. How will 2014 be a year of change for you? What will make it one of the best years of your life, or for the lives of your loved ones? What do you resolve?