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Resolve to make 2013 the finest year of
T’ is the season to ridicule the making of
New Year resolutions. The critics say it is a futile exercise. Failing to keep
our lofty resolutions, we create unnecessary guilt for ourselves.
Such logic is persuasive. So much so that
I finally gave up making a list of resolutions for each new year. It was
depressing to admit that my intentions had dissolved before the end of January.
That being said, I want to make a case for
the splendid word “resolve.” Resolve is not a bad word. To the contrary it is the
key to success in the game of life.
Few things worth doing are ever
accomplished until someone becomes determined to achieve a particular goal.
That is what “resolve” means – to settle on an objective and go after it
wholeheartedly. The person who is
“resolute” about a goal will stick tenaciously with the plan until the goal is
Failure in life results often from
allowing inertia to win the day. We get tired of trying and become sluggish.
Instead of staying fixed on our goal we become wishy-washy or irresolute. In
the vacuum of inactivity life becomes stagnate.
The good news is that we need not be
controlled by laziness; we can will to win and persevere until victory is ours.
We can, in a word, resolve to let nothing deter us from reaching our goal.
Considering the new year just begun we can
determine to make it our best year ever. We know what works for our benefit and
what works against us. We know that boundaries are essential and that
discipline is necessary to become the best that we can be. We know that success
does not come easy and that there is a price to be paid for excellence.
Since my teen years I have loved an old song
that preachers love to use in revival meetings. The words grab me and motivate
me to stop playing in shallow water and risk wading into the deep water of
faith. Perhaps you have heard and sung this inspiring song:
resolved no longer to linger,
by the world’s delight;
that are higher,
that are nobler,
have allured my sight.
will hasten to Him,
so glad and free,
will come to Thee.
As I live out the days of 2013 I am
resolved to rise up every morning and “hasten” to Jesus for I find in him the
desires of my heart. He fulfills my hunger for meaning and my thirst for a life
that matters. I want to live every
minute under the Lordship of Jesus and honor him with every breath I take and every
decision I make.
this I am totally resolved, with no reservations.
As you reflect on the gift of life and
your use of it, about what can you say with dogged determination, I am
Resolutions are optional. To be resolute
is not! + + +