It comes every year like clock-work. The year 2016 has come and gone with its array of colorful events. Highlights stem from the exhilarating start of the Olympic games to the pandemonium surrounding the race for our new President and all the in-betweens of tragedies, triumphs, and new discoveries.
However, we are entering into the year 2017. Some see the new year as a pure, untouched canvas ready to be painted with new colors, unique strokes and brimming with the hope of new opportunities. Others view it as another year to hop in and continue to live on repeat in the circular rut their life has taken.
The idea of resolutions have a dark-cloud tied to them like a ball and chain. Based on countless stories, the very notion of entering into the dreaded process of developing resolutions provokes feelings of failure, inconsistency, and with it the thought that it all in all was a “good effort.”
Maybe its not the aspiration of having a new year’s resolution that we need or desire to achieve, but an aim to live, to find purpose in the moments of each day.
Sure, the goals and the ambitions we set certainly layout a guideline of what we would like to do and accomplish. Yet, whether we strive to change our bodies by diet and exercise, to educate our minds and bolster our standing in the knowledge-breeding community, or to learn more about God by disciplining ourselves to dive deeper into His word such thoughts fall prey to lofty day-dreams and unmet expectations.
Does it have to be this way? Is there another pro and con list being drafted to help alleviate the pressure found within the waves of debate to pen or not to pen resolutions?
What if our aims, our goals were rooted in what man’s chief end is? Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy Him forever. Free-floating anxieties rapidly rise in the hearts of the believer, the skeptic, the atheist and the antagonist at the mention of anything that competes with the glory of us, the success of us. To reason in our minds that there is someone perfect, sovereign and worthy of our adoration, respect, and service terrorizes us.
We rationalize by grasping for resolutions, goals and aims that are grafted into what we think we can mange and obtain. What can glorify and serve us. Finding that after a few months, a few weeks, a few days that the theory, that the aspiration disappears like the dew that dries in light of the morning sun.
This life is not about us. The successes that have been gained are at the allowance of the Almighty Maker’s hand. With or without you the glory will be given to God.
The target of this post isn’t to advocate for those wasting their time questioning whether or not to immerse yourself into the poorly practiced resolution list. It is to enlighten the eyes of those who are sick and tired of the crumbling foundation that we have set our resolutions on or those who grapple with the lack of control they perceive they have.
My intention is to encourage you that as you craft and design your resolution/goal calendar for the year 2017, or if you decide not to, to ponder and reflect on what your aim is in each and every moment that is tied to your day.
Believer, until the mindset of glorifying self is silenced by the overwhelming, magnificent, captivating grandeur of God you will not be able to attain the chief end of man or find fulfillment. Root your resolutions to sprout seeds that bloom full of His glory. Model the same attitude of Jesus.
“If anyone’s will is to do God’s will, he will know whether the teaching is from God or whether I am speaking on my own authority. The one who speaks on his own authority seeks his own glory; but the one who seeks the glory of him who sent him is true, and in him there is no falsehood.”
For the unbeliever, I tell you that the Gospel is very simple. You may know the stories, you may have presumptions based on the actions of Christ-followers, you may have walked once according to the light of God’s Word and have turned to walk in the desires of your flesh because of tragedy or by the pull of your glory-hunger but you will never find fulfillment, contentment in what the world’s promised, in what you believe you can achieve.
“Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord,”
New Years Resolutions don’t need to be ridden with failure stories. Let’s revolutionize resolutions with a greater dedication and devotion to place the fuel of our desires into what is true and sure. You still may feel failure and experience inconsistency because as a human you are always the flawed factor of the equation, but with God there will always be consistency, sureness and faithfulness. Set your goals and ambitions with the purpose, the desire, the longing to glorify God this New Year and for the rest to come until one day he returns.
Happy New Year!