Sunday, December 29, 2013

I RESOLVE . . .

AT THE BEGINNING OF A NEW YEAR many of us take time to quickly assess our present need for change in our lives. This often begins with a quick step onto the scale hidden by the trashcan in the bathroom (well, now you know where my scale is hidden.) Thus, resolution number one: lose weight or its kissing-cousin, get in better shape. The first days of the new year are often fraught with regrets from the past year and hopes for a better year to come.  So, what do you resolve to change or accomplish for 2014?

I suppose I could suggest a few things you could resolve to do, or I could share with you my “resolve to do list,” but in the first instance I would be intruding into your life and plans, and in the second instance I might by default make your choices for you. That being; if Pastor Randy thinks this is important then maybe I need to deem it an important thing to resolve to do. Both instances seem rather intrusive on my part.  That being said, I would like to offer you some ideas about how to go about developing your “resolve to do list.”

  • First, grab yourself a favorite beverage; a beverage that speaks comfort to you.
  • Second, find a place where you can sit quietly, undisturbed if possible.
  • Third, enter into a time of thankful reflection for the blessings God has given you throughout the recent past.
  • Fourth, ask the Lord to speak His heart to your heart as to your resolve list. Don’t be afraid here that God is going to give you more than you can handle, I have found that God is less hard on us than we are upon ourselves.
  • Fifth, write down those thoughts (resolutions) that come to mind. Don’t worry if they lack substance and details. Those details will come later as you and the Lord work through them in the coming year. Yes, do write them down, this is an important part of bringing life to your resolutions.
  • Sixth, offer these items back up to God, seeking to commit them to Him to be done for His glory, with His guidance and His strength.
  • Seventh, find a trusted friend (soul-mate, spouse, child, sibling, Christian brother or sister, or even your pastor) and share your list, and ask them to pray over it with you, right then and there and later as the Holy Spirit brings it to memory.

Once you’re finished you may want to make a couple of copies and then them places where you will be forced to encounter them throughout the year.  Continue to bring them before the Lord, allowing Him to adjust them as needed.

How will you do this year with your God-shared resolutions?  I really don’t know. But this I do know, keeping in close contact with God will always help you move in the proper direction.  And isn’t that the real goal, to make sure we are moving in the right direction with God at our side? Whether or not you accomplish all your resolutions is not really as important as knowing you’re headed God’s way and the suggestions above will start you on that process.

May the Lord richly bless you as together you continue upon that journey to Christlikeness for that is the resolution that should top all our lists.  Oops, sorry, I said I wouldn’t do that!

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