I've been thinking about resolutions lately. Ya know ... 'cause 2013 is almost over, and 2014 is just around the bend. Wow, isn't that crazy?! Life really IS a vapor! ....... I was thinking, recently, about what resolutions I want to set out to tackle this next year. But I got to thinking ... why make a bunch of resolutions that I'm just gonna end up forgetting about or giving up on in a couple of weeks? Now, I don't wanna be Miss Negativity, and I don't have anything against New Year's Resolutions. Actually, I think they're great! But to be honest, I've never followed through with a New Year's Resolution in my life. Mostly 'cause I, #1 - make too many resolutions to keep up with, and #2 - my expectations are too high.
As I grow in my relationship with Jesus more and more, I am learning that becoming more like Jesus is what God is most concerned about ... and becoming more like Jesus is really the key to a resolute life. Resolute means "firmly resolved or determined; set in purpose or opinion." And isn't that what making New Year's Resolutions is all about? We wanna be determined to accomplish a set purpose. "I'm gonna lose 30 pounds this year!" "I'm gonna read through my entire Bible this year!" "I'm gonna stop drinking soda this year!" "I'm gonna get a gym membership and workout everyday this year!" ... All of these are great purposes (or goals ... or resolutions), but what about living a purposeful life in Christ? :)
I definitely wanna try to lose some weight this year - I've gained 30 pounds since I've been married. :(
I definitely wanna try to take better care of my body this year by eating more veggies and exercising consistently and cutting back on the sweet tea and carbs and sweet treats.
I definitely wanna try to be more intentional in my relationships - sending encouragement cards and praying for others more often and just simply being available.
I guess those could be my New Year's Resolutions ... but really? I just wanna be more like Jesus. :)
And the more I think about it, resolutions are good ... they really are. But I don't wanna get so caught up in my resolutions that I forget to LIVE a resolute life. I wanna be determined to be more like Jesus this year. I want becoming more and more like Jesus to be my set purpose. I want to accomplish THAT. If that's all I accomplish this year, then guess what? I've succeeded. :) And really, the more like Jesus we become, the more everything else falls into place. Sure, it'll take time. But as I become more like Jesus and gain His perspective, I will be more motivated to take care of my body, and I will be more others-centered. And those are my goals (resolutions) for this year.
What purpose do you want to determine to accomplish this year? :)