I feel that "resolutions" have become watered down pipe dreams. (Ouch.)
I know that might not be what you wanted to hear, but it's the truth. If you look up the definition of resolution it says, "a firm decision to do or not to do something". To me this means that it is supposed to be a commitment. Something that we are dedicated to. But more often than not, it is something we say rather than do. It is something that starts off with good intentions, but ends with hurt feelings and defeat.
Could it be because these "resolutions" we are making are not impacting the soul?
Could it be because these "resolutions" we are making are not impacting others?
I believe there is so much more that we could strive to do this next year than "go to the gym", "save money", "eat clean", and "practice self-care". Now, there's not necessarily anything wrong with these things. I think these are great things to achieve.
However, I think the questions we should ask ourselves when making a resolution (AKA dedicating our year to something) is how will this impact my soul and how will this impact others?
If you've been reading my blog lately or if you follow me on Instagram, then you know I've been talking a lot about this book "radical" by David Platt. Maybe so much that you're getting tired of it. (Sorry.) But it's just so good and I think every Christian should read it.
Anyways... at the end of the book it gives a challenge called "the radical experiment". It is a year long commitment to five specific challenges.
- To pray for the entire world
- To read through the entire Word
- To commit our lives to multiplying community
- To sacrifice our money for a specific purpose
- To give our time in another context
(If you click on the link, it will give more details for each challenge.)
After recently reading the book, I decided that this "radical experiment" will be my "New Year's Resolution". It is something that will impact my soul and others. It is something that will push me out of my comfort zone. It is something that will cultivate my relationship with Jesus.
You see, I didn't want to make another pointless resolution this year. I didn't want to do something that would mean nothing when this time rolls around next year.
So, I want to challenge you to do the same. I challenge you not to make another pointless resolution. I challenge you to make resolutions that matter.
Jesus didn't come to this earth for Himself. He came to this earth to change the world through sacrifice. He came for you and for me.
In John 13:13-17, Jesus says "You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet. For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you. Truly, truly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them."
Jesus came as the example. He came so that we would be imitators of Him. If Jesus' greatest call on this earth was to be a servant, then what does that say about us? What does that say about our call and the commitment we are to make to others?
It's not about me. It's about the Kingdom.
Before choosing a resolution, ask yourself these questions:
How will this impact my soul?
How will this impact others?