‘Tis the season for resolution guilt – and it comes from all sides.
The “success” cult insists you make passionate, impressive, status-quo busting declarations about how you’re gonna make your mark this year.
Those who seem (or at least claim) to have it altogether will gladly invite you to write your name atop their checklist of disciplines and to-do’s that will make you more like them this year.
Of course you already know you need to eat better, worry less, be more patient, play more, read more, save more, care more, serve more, live more, and work out more this year. All good things — worth pursuing.
But I hope you know that simply identifying how you’d like to change and passionately declaring you will change doesn’t guarantee change will come; neither will sheer will power or hard-work on your part.
No doubt these things make a difference. But the older I get, the more I understand that real change is difficult; sustained transformation even more so. Not only that but (inconvenient truth alert) we have far less control over our lives and the circumstances that shape us than we’d like to think.
But that’s okay with me because I’m not hoping in my ability to generate life-change or accomplish great things. I don’t have to because I belong to the One who created, sustains, and rules all things. This means, even as I dream big, set goals, and work hard to accomplish good things,
my final hope is in the almighty, unstoppable God who calls me His beloved and has RESOLVED to bring me into my best for His glory, simply because I am His (Philippians 1:6; Romans 8:28).
Knowing this (and that God always fulfills His resolutions) releases me from trying to make something of myself and refocuses my resolve to abide in and respond in loving obedience to the One who has proven He has my best in mind, and guarantees He is completing His perfect work in me as I follow Him (John 15:1-4; Philippians 2:12-13).
So this year, as I seek to grow in faith, patience, wisdom, and love, I have only resolved to do one thing: abide in His resolve to bring me into my best for His glory, as I find myself in Him (John 10:10).
Happy New Year.