It’s that time again. Those few days in between the month spent at a dead run getting ready for all the festivities of the 24 hours that is Christmas which has now past and the coming of the New Year. That time when we tend to reflect on what was and look forward in anticipation of what is to come.
A time many spend thinking about what they want to do differently in the coming year. You know what I’m talking about. It’s the time of preparing the dreaded “RESOLUTIONS.” They are the plans we make for ourselves that usually include things like losing weight, eating healthy, exercising daily, cleaning out the clutter, the closet, making that scrapbook that you swore to make the year your child was born.
Have you ever noticed how RESOLUTIONS are rarely achieved? I believe it is because mapping out MY RESOLUTIONS is nothing more than me trying to take control over something in my life for which I never really had control. Even my most noble of goals, those related to others, end up being all about me and my sheer determination to take control of myself and the things around me so that something or someone will change to satisfy me.
RESOLUTIONS boil down to control for which I am doomed, setting myself up for failure which leads to disappointment, disillusionment and self-loathing.
This year I am ABANDONING my list of RESOLUTIONS. I am going to stop the pattern of deluding myself into thinking that self-determination is going to undo years of behavior patterns or unrealistic desires. I will not predetermine anything for myself, but rather seek what the Lord would have for me. It sounds Christianese, but hear me out. I am not talking about abstaining from working on myself and my many, many issues. I am talking about rethinking how I think about my role in the process.
We all know the story of creation. What we sometimes lose sight of is that “God created man in His own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” (Genesis 1:27) If we believe God’s word to be true, then we must accept that we were designed in the image of God, His nature, His characteristics.
This year rather than making RESOLUTIONS about the things I want to change, I am going to focus on letting God transform me into His image. If I sat down now and tried to list out all of God’s characteristics and how I am going to go about adopting them into my life, I am falling right back into the RESOLUTION trap, a list of unachievable goals. So, I am letting go of the word RESOLUTION and I am going to focus on a NEW WORD.
God is taking me on a journey this year and I am so excited to see where I end up. Want to go with me?