It’s everywhere this time of year … talk of resolutions and resolves, plans and promises. There’s just something about the turn of the calendar. A fresh page on a fresh year leaves us longing for fresh starts. So we set the goals, and we make the commitments. We buy the planners and read the books and cast the vision.
Dream making … we’re really good at it. And why shouldn’t we be? The world applauds the dreamers and the doers. We nod with approval on those who aim high and then aim higher still.
It’s all well and good. This longing to do better and try harder. We hear it from authors and influencers, poets and politicians. And I do love it … this start of a new year, because it rings with the promise of unwritten pages and a chance to start again. So we rally our spirits and muster our energies and plot our course, because this year … this is going to be the year we get it right.
B U T we won’t always get it right, will we? You and I both know we’ll get it wrong from time to time. We’ll mess up; we’ll make mistakes; we’ll fail and flail and follow the wrong course. Our resolutions may be noble, our goals admirable, our plans praiseworthy, but they don’t exempt us from the challenges that threaten to derail us. In fact, 80% of resolutions fail by February.
But you know who doesn’t fail? Our redeemer.
So what if this year we start a little resolution revolution? What if instead of looking inward, we turn our focus outward? What if rather than focusing on self, we focus on serving? What if instead of planning, we spend time praying? What if instead of choosing a theme word, we simply say YES to His word?
Because we can make our plans, but the Lord determines our paths. And only He can turn our small offerings into overflowing abundance. Only He can take our misguided motives and our misdirected dreams and turn them into kingdom causes.
God is writing your redemption story. And it’s so much bigger than your resolutions.
It’s vast and victorious and broken and beautiful, and it’s eternal! It isn’t tied to a day on the calendar or a Time Square ball drop or revolutions around the sun, it’s tied to your redeemer! And that redeemer has a plan for you beyond what you can imagine! He has a path He’s determined beyond what you can fathom. He who knew every one of your days before they came to be has plans to prosper you and give you a hope and a future.
He is the one who took two meager fish and five loaves and fed thousands with overflowing abundance. He caused the mute to speak and the lame to walk. He turned water into wine. He raised the dead to LIFE.
If He can do that, what can He do with you?
Let’s take this year to see.
So instead of resolving to do all the things, what if we commit to just one thing … to THE one thing. What if on January 1, we simply say: “Not my will, but YOURS.” And then we say it over and over for 365 days!
How would YOU change. How would your FAMILY change? How would the WORLD change?
Because the world doesn’t need our resolutions, the world needs the work of our Redeemer.
Not my will, Lord, but yours. Who’s with me?
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