Pass on the resolutions; resolve to be resolute

January 18, 2016

 

My daughter asked me what my resolution for the year was. As always I answered, "To not make resolutions."

 

Cliché, I know, but this is my rational: Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that” (James 4:13-15).

 

I could decide to do ten things, but honestly I have no idea if I'll be healthy, or if the events in my life will allow me to do any of them.

 

Instead of making a resolution, consider becoming resolute. According to google the word resolute means "admirably purposeful, determined, unwavering."

 

Be admirably purposeful in your bible study. Determine to spend more time in prayer. Be unwavering in your service to God and one another.

 

Be admirably purposeful in spending time with those in your life. Determine to pour yourself out for the sake of the gospel. Be unwavering in your courage to speak about the things of God.

 

Be admirably purposeful about spending more time in the deep end of life, where you can't touch and have to depend on God to keep you afloat. Determine to trust God more then reason would permit. Be unwavering in asking God to do impossible things.

 

Growth will occur. Change will happen. And that's just in your life. Who knows what lives you will touch for eternity.

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