New Year Resolution Anyone?
Blessings for a Joyous New Year.
I have never made a New Year Resolution. I have always been guilty of some degree of procrastination. I once thought that I would resolve to change that but, …. (old joke)
In order to make a resolution that has any promise of result, first one must belief that he/she has the power to change one’s situation. Most of the time our lives are much too complicated for follow through on our resolutions. Perhaps that should be everyone’s top resolution; to simplify our lives. Allow God time to show the way.
The historical meaning of ‘Resolution’ is; “the process of reducing things into simpler forms”.
Questions we must ask ourselves before making a resolution:
Why am I making a resolution?
For whom am I making this resolution? For myself? For my Family? For God?
Is my resolution realistic?
What are the realistic expectations for how my life will change upon adapting to my resolution?
What influences are preventing me from achieving the desired results?
Very often it is the way we conduct our lives that stands in the way of any significant improvement. We are creatures of habit, not habits of smoking, or drinking, or drugs, swearing etc. but those things we do that come between us and peace. The rush of mornings before we leave for work. We too often are so regimented, or try to be, that the little obstacles of life, like running out of toothpaste, Johnny can’t find matching socks, Annie needs a note for her teacher, these can disrupt our whole day, well at least the morning. So often our regimentation, our habitual routines, come between us and God. We fail to take time to hear his voice.
Here’s a short story.
A man would leave for work each morning and drive down the cul-de-sac where he lives, come to the intersection, slow down and look up the street before making a right turn onto the avenue. One day after making the turn, blink – blink, a police car was pulling him over.
“Did you not see the stop sign at the intersection you turned off at.” asked the cop.
“Yeah, I saw it.” The man replied.
‘Fraid I’m gonna have to write you a ticket for failing to stop at the intersection.”
“No way, I slowed right down and looked for traffic. That’s the same as stopping.”
“Next time come to a full stop. Here’s your ticket.” The policeman left.
The very next day the man drives down the cul-de-sac, slows down and looks up the street before making a right turn onto the avenue. Again, in the mirror, blink – blink, the same police car was pulling him over.
“So, you didn’t learn your lesson yesterday. I’m gonna have to write you another ticket.”
“O come on! I slowed right down and looked for traffic. That’s the same as stopping.”
The policeman hands the man a ticket and drives off.
Once more, the man drives down the cul-de-sac, slows down at the intersection, looks up the street before making his right turn. Again, in the mirror, blink – blink, the same police car, pulling him over for a third day in a row.
“What am I gonna have to do to get you to come to a complete stop at that intersection?” the cop asked.
“Look officer”, the man retorts with anger, “I slowed right down, I looked for traffic. That’s the same thing as stopping.”
With that the officer reaches in, grabs the man by his head and starts beating on him with his free fist.
“Now,” says the officer, “Do you want me to stop, or just slow down?”
So many Christians are like that driver. God needs to give them a right smack upside the head before they listen.
2 Corinthians 10:5 “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”
With that, I wish you a peaceful, prosperous and joy filled 2013 – and may the peace of God, which goes beyond anything we can imagine, guard your thoughts and emotions through Christ Jesus. (from Philippians 4:7)