New Year’s fireworks 2013 on BBC1 (Photo credit: Kotomicreations)
Did you make any resolutions this year?
A friend told me she was working on some—but had already given up on others. Sometimes that’s fine. Sometimes the goals we have in mind just aren’t workable, and we have to rethink where we want to be some weeks or months or years down the road.
Other times, we have to realize that there’s nothing magical about the calendar, and we’re free to start in once again whenever we need to.
A New Year’s resolution, like any commitment to change, is nothing more nor less than a declaration that we want to change, to grow, to become—to be something more, something better, something grander than we are right now.
The Christian life is meant to be transformational. It is meant to change us, to give us
eyes that look outward rather than inward,
hands that help others and not merely ourselves,
ears that hear the cries of those in need,
hearts that reflect the heart of God.
When we pray this way, when we make the commitment to allow God’s transformational work in our lives, we’re inviting God to carve the image of Himself into our spirits. We’re learning to say yes when we may want to say no, and no when our flesh cries out a desperate yes. Is it an easy process? No. Is it a worthwhile process? Definitely.
If you’ve resolved to make changes, commit to the change. But even if you haven’t, consider committing to allowing God to change you. It’s what’s on His heart; it’s how He changes the world.
For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.
–Philippians 1:6, NAS