It’s day 3 of the new year. How are all those resolutions working out for you?
If you’re like most of us, your latest resolutions have already begun their descent into non-existence. You may have woke up this morning and really wanted to work out, but you decided you needed a little more sleep. That’s ok. But let’s face it. Resolutions rarely work.
Why? Because we are all running blind and are really bad a resolving ourselves into better scenarios. We tend to be fickle and moody, and unless we’re desperate, we have a difficult time following through on what we plan for ourselves.
Personally, I have a written list of personal ambitions and desires. But I’ve found that unless my resolutions are rooted in something truly meaningful, there is a slim chance they will live past the month of January.
So what makes a meaningful resolution?
When it comes to resolutions, a good place to start is to ask the One who made us, what He is making in us.
It sounds a little absurd but Scripture tells us that God has resolutions too. Not for Himself because He has no problems that need fixed (ie. weight control, budget problems). Rather, He is still looking at you with the utmost intention. The One created you is still fashioning you into everything he intended. And God’s resolutions are not just for this year, but for every day, and for all of time.
So what are God’s resolutions for you? That’s an important question which should be the basis for your own resolutions, ambitions, and creative pursuits. Our desires for ourselves should be in harmony with His desires for us. This is our chance to cooperate with the eternal, unchanging work Christ in our lives.
With that said, there are a few things we should be paying attention to…
What does Scripture say?
What does the Bible say about His desires for you and the people of God?
Here’s a good place to start. Paul says in Ephesians 4 that God is building up the Body…
…until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love. – Ephesians 4:13–16
No guessing work to be done there. This is the work Jesus is doing in us, and it’s our job to mindful and join Him in this work.
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What have you been told?
What are the words of knowledge, impressions, and dreams that God has given you? Have trusted people in your life affirmed what you’re chasing after?
Currently, Megan and I have some desires we are holding on to as it relates to our family. Emotionally, we’ve had some ups and downs, but there have been a few things that have encouraged us and kept us in the game. First, a community of people who have stood with us, cheered us on, and have spoken words of encouragement, and specific words of knowledge over us. Second, we’ve both had moments of personal confirmation and dreams about what we’re doing. We believe these are both ways that God has been speaking to us.
Talk about your resolutions with the Father as well as your friends and family. See what types of encouragement and confirmation come your way.
What are you praying about?
What moves your heart when you come before the Father? What resolutions are important enough to make it into your prayer life?
My opinion is that the things you are praying for ar what you’re really after. If your resolutions aren’t finding their way into your prayers, then they might not be worth giving yourself to.
Now, that might sound dramatic to pray about our resolutions. C’mon, does God really want to hear about you losing 10 lbs.? If you believe that God cares about your health, then you should talk to Him about your physical goals. However, If all of your prayers have to do with yourself, then you probably need better resolutions.
When Jesus taught us to pray, He instructed us to speak as if to a Father. Prayer is first and foremost relational in nature. There is nothing too insignificant, that He wouldn’t want to hear about.
Write down what you’re praying about. These are most likely the places you’ll see the most fruit in your year.
In summary, along with making a list of what we want for ourselves, how about asking God what he wants for us this next season?