In my adult life, I have accumulated a long list of resolutions.
I have resolved to lose 10 pounds, to read the Bible in a year, to be more environmentally conscious. I have determined to exercise at least three times a week, to eat all my broccoli, to cut back on the caffeine, to get more organized.
But in the 18 years since I first got serious about making resolutions, I’ve gained 20 pounds, I’ve never gotten all the way through the Bible in a year, and I’ve developed a bad habit of throwing away things that could be recycled. I lack a clear exercise program and consistently drink three cups of strong coffee a day.
I am so disorganized that my fall pumpkins are frozen to the front doorstep. Even my New Year’s resolutions are four days past deadline.
I have, however, taken a liking to broccoli.
By resolution standards, I’m a failure.
The Webster’s dictionary defines the word “resolve” this way:
- to reach as a decision or intention
- to determine
- to make clear
I wonder: What has God resolved to do in my life in 2009? What are His intentions for me? What has He determined for my life?
I suspect it has a little bit to do with making peace with myself. I bet it has even more to do with finding perfect peace in Him. And I imagine it has a lot to do with me getting completely lost in my relationship with Him.
If I’m on the right track here, I’m feeling like God cares not so much about how many Bible chapters I’ve read, but that I’ve gone there to find Him. I’m guessing He’s not so interested in what I’m eating — but in who I’ve helped feed.
Even though I’m a New Year’s resolution dropout, I’m thinking He’d like me to commit to one resolution this year. Just one. The resolution was first made by a fellow Christ follower whose letters I read. The writer’s name is Paul.
Paul wrote this resolution first, about 2,000 years ago, before New Year’s resolutions were fashionable. You can find it in the second chapter of 1 Corinthians. Paul said it first, and I resolve it now — 2,000 years later:
“I resolve to know nothing … but Jesus Christ and him crucified” (1 Corinthians 2:2).
Photo credit: Three crosses at Inspiration Hills. Taken by my friend Ruth.