The champagne bottles have been popping; the New York ball had its annual dropping and now is the time to figure out how to prevent our New Year’s resolutions from stopping.
Been there, done that? Had it with resolutions? It’s an understatement to say that mixed feelings abound on this subject. Some see it as a growth opportunity and a brand new start, while others see it as an overhyped, over-eager way to disappoint themselves with short lived make-overs.
Those of us who find second-chances (or twenty-fifth ones) appealing; see it as a clean slate! A big beautiful black shiny chalk board dying to be written on with a long slender unscathed piece of white chalk. A new start with a fresh opportunity to notch up certain personal aspirations. Perhaps to re-invent the person who continuously fell short of perfection the year prior.
Uh oh, here lies the problem, at least for me. I’ve done it again…the old “looking to per-fect all aspects of life” resolution. And how did my list get so long that it starts to overwhelm me just thinking about it?!
New Year’s resolutions can be like tetherball. You get all riled up…give the ball your greatest smash and smack! It comes around to hit you dead center in the face, knocking you flat on your back, sending you reeling into a reality that life may just get the best of you. Hmm, maybe next year. Sigh.
Then there are those “Oz” moments kicking off your new year. Sporting your best attire and sparkly red ruby slippers – you skip onto the yellow brick road, leading to the wizard who knows all with your besties and your adorable dog in tow.
But there is always something lurking around the corner. Sorry, you know there just is. So where does our power to overcome those surprising, unexpected lions and tigers and bears come from?
Dorothy’s power was hidden within her red shoes. But the shoes could not be activated if their power remained unknown to her. Once Glenda the good witch revealed this power it was up to Dorothy to get in touch with the deepest desires of her heart. She wanted to go home where she was safe and loved. Even if the circumstances weren’t perfect there, she would face them.
I can picture Jesus giving me a hand up from the embarrassing tetherball incident saying, “Get up Christy, I love you, you silly girl. You never need to worry about conquering the world. Just be you and draw closer to me. You are perfect in my eyes and that is all that matters.”
“I died on the cross to save you from your sins that will always lurk within you. That cross is why the Father has given you a clean slate! I want to write all over your heart and show you the hope of eternity. You can talk to me, the author and perfector of life, about anything and everything. I can’t help you if you don’t talk to me. You can’t truly know me if you don’t activate my power in you. Draw your power from me and no other sources and I will make you whole.”
When I go to God, seven hundred pounds lift off my shoulders. Are you weighted down with life’s circumstances year after year? Go ahead and set some dynamic and awesome goals but make sure to put God in the center. Then…watch your year, and watch your life actually change.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” Proverbs 3:5 – 6
“Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:2
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans fo welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11
“Some beautiful paths can’t be discovered without getting lost.” Erol Ozan
“On the path to greatness, life teaches you to walk with stones in your shoes.” Matshona Dhliwayo
Must watch Video of the week: Jeremy Camp; “Walk by Faith”