I was thinking this morning about New Year’s resolutions and how we generally let them fall by the wayside.
How many years have I placed “lose weight” , “eat better”, or “exercise more” on my resolution list? Why do they never stick? Why is it by April I couldn’t even call them to mind?
They fail because a resolution on its own is not enough. The definition of a resolution is merely a determining, a deciding. A resolution lacks the backing of ongoing action.
A resolution requires a revolution–a complete or radical change. A revolution to lose weight means drastic changes to lifestyle, a cutting off of a part of myself. A revolution calls for a dying to self in an area that has self-indulged for far too long.
A revolution requires fighting, strength, determination, and a willingness to do whatever it takes to reach the desired end result. It is a fight for freedom.
Resolutions work until we hit a roadblock of some sort. A resolutionist gives in and returns to former ways. A revolutionary stands to fight with passion, fervor, and zeal.
Maybe my past resolutions weren’t really things that I truly wanted to change. Maybe for 2013 there should be one resolution that I am impassioned about enough to start a revolution for, and continue fighting for until the desired result comes about.
So which will you be in 2013, a resolutionist or a revolutionary? Is there an area of your life where God is calling for radical change? Where in your life does Christ want to bring about freedom?