Yeah, I don’t do them. I am not one to purposely set myself up for failure. I know myself enough to realize that by February 1, I will already have lost the yearly “Resolution List” or in frustration, I will have crumpled it up into a nice ball and thrown it in the trash. My opinion on New Year’s Resolutions is this….they seem quite pointless, at least for this chic. I hope to achieve certain goals and will try my hardest too, but one thing I have learned is this:
I can do nothing without Christ, who is my strength. I wouldn’t/couldn’t even attempt to be resolved at anything overly challenging without Him on my side. My good intentions are simply not enough motivation nor strength to succeed in being resolved at something.
But today, Jonathan Edwards may have changed my mind on this New Year’s Resolution thing.This morning I read his list of 70 Resolutions. (I can’t imagine even attempting to tackle 7, much less 70!)
“Being sensible that I am unable to do anything without God’s help, I do humbly entreat him by his grace to enable me to keep these Resolutions, so far as they are agreeable to his will, for Christ’s sake.
Remember to read over these Resolutions once a week.”
(This last line cracked me up!! I too would have to write in this reminder to myself. But it would have said something more like, “READ THE LIST WEEKLY, BLONDIE!”)
I chose a few of Edward’s resolutions from his famous list:
“6. Resolved, to live with all my might, while I do live.
25. Resolved, to examine carefully, and constantly, what that one thing in me is, which causes me in the least to doubt of the love of God; and to direct all my forces against it.
53. Resolved, to improve every opportunity, when I am in the best and happiest frame of mind, to cast and venture my soul on the Lord Jesus Christ, to trust and confide in him, and consecrate myself wholly to him; that from this I may have assurance of my safety, knowing that I confide in my Redeemer.”
One word….WOW!!! What a list of resolutions! The rest are worth reading if you choose to. Talk about inspiration. But such a great list means nothing, no matter how eloquent, deeply thought out, inspired, or beautifully written. Edwards had the power, the wherewithal, the fortitude, the ability to work on and achieve this kind of list….CHRIST. His opening line of his 70 Resolutions states this quite plainly.
“Being sensible that I am unable to do anything without God’s help….”
The word RESOLUTE means to be admirably purposeful, determined, and unwavering. For someone who detests New Year’s Resolutions, I admit it. I have made one this year, thanks to Jonathan Edwards.
This is my New Year’s resolution, what I am going to be purposeful, determined, and unwavering about……
I will be sensible that I am unable to do anything without God’s help!
“For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.” (Philippians 4:13, NLT)
Whatever your opinion on New Year’s resolutions, whatever your belief, whatever your motivation, I pray that, as I have, you realize your need for Christ in all things. 88% of New Year’s Resolutions are never realized, but THROUGH CHRIST, I believe we can achieve 100% of any and all sensible, Christ-honoring resolutions we make for 2015!
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!