Most of us write New Years’ Resolutions and some of us live by them for a short time. I could be mistaken on the time assumption, but I’ve never known anyone who lasted longer than a very short period before putting the thought away with the tinsel. This year, I’m putting the whole concept away before the lights on my tree get wound up on an old paper toweling roll. Why? I looked up the word in the dictionary and I’m not liking its true meaning.
You see, resolution, resolve, resolute . . . no matter how you look at it, is all about me making a firm determination.
- My thoughts
- My plan
- My firm and unshakable opinion and purpose
I ask you, my readers, how’s that working for you? I’m of the opinion that unless my life is planned by the Lord and resolve is to follow Him, then I am not necessarily living into my true purpose. I believe it is also true that He desires that I stay in step with Him. The world we live in is constant in its quest to mold us into something we are not, worry us with things that should not concern us, and change our focus to a place defined not by us and not by our faith but by some misguided opinion we should not pay attention to, so why do we do so?
Furthermore, why do we focus so much attention on the day and time in which our world will come to an end? We miss the blessing of the time we are in and we miss the opportunity to live our authentic lives while we fuss about whether “they” are right this time. What do we gain aside from a headache in doing so? If we live by faith, then we know “if” this world were to come to an end tomorrow we know where we are going, and Matthew 24:36 tells us “No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son,[a] but only the Father.” so where’s the problem?
So, the challenge, to write my resolution for the coming year? That’s no challenge to me. I’ve got many “challenges” to face but mapping out the next 365 days on a resolute “plan of attack” sure isn’t one of them. I’m working on faith to eliminate the rest of the challenges as well. I’m determined to follow the leader, Jesus Christ.
Happy New Year!