HEY EVERYBODY!! LET’S PLAY THE NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION GAME!!
DIRECTIONS: Everyone write down some New Year’s Resolutions that you totally intend on
meeting conquering in 2013.
NEXT STEP: Write down when you think you will not make it and give up.
I KNOW. AWFUL CYNICAL OF ME (and you just aren’t used to that on this blog).
I’m sorry. Really I am. But I am not saying anything new when I say with the start of the new year comes the inevitable “New Year’s Resolutions Game.” You know how that works. Make ‘em and break ‘em. We will make those confounded New Year’s Resolutions and then find that we either set our goal too high or it/they were unreasonable to start with. I know. I have been there. I would make this list of resolutions-spiritual, professional, mental, financial, etc They were laudable resolutions, but a bit much. Okay, a lot much. They were so lofty that only ONE person could have fulfilled them. I now realize that many of those resolutions were based on my “works-oriented” faith. “If I could do one more thing” or “read through my Bible this year” or “if I could just quit doing such-and-such.”
IT WAS ALL AN EFFORT IN FUTILITY.
Why? Because so much of it was based on ME. On my strength. On my will. On my attitude. Please don’t get me wrong, I am not against setting goals for the year. As someone has said, “If you have no target at which to shoot you’re sure to hit it.” So, setting some goals is not bad. I set some for 2012. Some I reached. Some I didn’t. But I didn’t haven’t beaten myself up over them. A lot of factors enter into reaching goals-some positive and some negative. I
can’t don’t control my destiny. Only One does.
That being said…on November 8th I read this passage of Scripture. Please take a glance at verses 6-7. Those verses stuck out to me like a beacon on a lighthouse. My mind flashed back to this song from the 80s. I was not one of her biggest fans, but this song’s message was dynamite back then and still is today. The message of the song is the message of the Scripture. It is also the message for this new year:
“NOT BY MIGHT, NOT BY POWER, BUT BY MY SPIRIT,” SAYS THE LORD.
That is my challenge. That will be my challenge for this Sunday as well. Along with this Scripture will come some thoughts I gleaned from the book Undaunted by Christine Caine. I plan to share them here on Monday.
I truly hope and pray that 2013 is a year of Overcoming Challenges for you. Any thoughts you care to share?