The Problem With New Years’ Resolutions – DPchallenge

December 31, 2012

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!

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There Is Only One I AM and It Is NOT YOU!

December 30, 2011

Nor is it me.  Okay, you’ve been reading my blog a while, perhaps.  Thank you.  You may, as a result, already know my opinion on New Years Resolutions.  They are a waste of time and effort and doomed to failure.  Think about it.  I am right.  Okay, maybe you are a rare soul who can say you succeeded, but to you I say . . . don’t worry.  I have great sympathy for the delusional.  Seriously, everyone, it’s a no go situation for me.  Thinking seriously about this, I went in seek of more information on the topic.  I looked for it in my favorite guide to living – the Bible.  With the help of technology, I found that the word “I” appears in the NIV 1984 Bible way too many times to count, but when I did a keyword search for the word “you” I found pretty much nothing.  Proves my point.  Yes, I do have one.  You see God wrote the Bible through the pen of those He enabled.  When we read “I” it’s Him being spoken of.  When we read of “you” that would be us.  So, the result of the clicking once again reminds us that without Him we can do nothing.  Fortunately, He is with us and in us and all we need to do is say “yes, Lord” and He will live through us and enable us in the most spectacular ways.  This is GOOD NEWS!

Need more proof of this than my words?  Here are some from the Bible:

“I know that you can do all things; no plan of yours can be thwarted. -Job 42:1-3

““I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.””  -John 16:33  

yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom all things came and for whom we live; and there is but one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things came and through whom we live.  -1 Corinthians 8:5-7

If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.   -1 Peter 4:10-12

I can do everything through him who gives me strength.  -Philippians 4:13


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