On a day like today, one immediately defaults to the definition of this word as 'a formal expression of an intent...'. And being one who enjoys order and planning, I am inclined to go to this definition myself, on a day like today; the first day of a new decade.
But what formal expression should I make?
As I started my list, instead of being exhilarated, I felt deflated.
- Read through the entire bible... didn't I resolve to do that last year? What happened? Oh ya, I traveled for 4 weeks straight and got off track, so I gave up. Who am I kidding thinking I can do it this year?
- Lose weight... ugh, I started that one this past summer and gained 10 of it back in the last 2 months. Who am I kidding, I've been overweight for over 20 years, what's going to change this year?
- Do better with budgeting... hmmmm, I know I resolved to do this in 2009, but how could I have seen the 50% pay cut coming along with all the financial crisis we experienced. The pay isn't increasing in 2010 as far as I can tell and I'm sure we have a lot more financial surprises coming our way. What's the point?!
So as I sat at the table with God today, asking Him to give me a 'resolution' that fits in His will for my life, I came upon this scripture:
Philippians 3: 13b-14 ~ Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
The Ryrie Study Guide had this to say about "forgetting what is behind" ~ Whether sins that might overwhelm or good things that might cause one to rest on his accomplishments.
The Zondervan Study Bible says this about the same verse ~ Not losing all memory of his sinful past, but leaving it behind hin as done with and settled.
Thank you Lord. Thank you for reminding me that 1) I am not to be shackled by the failures of my past because you have given me a spirit of power and sound mind! and 2) that any accomplishment I have achieved is by Your power and grace.
Now I am exhilarated! I have let go of what is behind and I am looking toward what is ahead. I am reminded that my life here is to be lived out for His glory and the 'prize' of His unfailing love is mine.
- Choose Jesus First
- To bring each day's requests to God and wait with great expecation to see His will be done
- Look each day for ways to reflect God's grace, love and glory.
As you contemplate your resolutuion list,
I'd like to leave you with this:
Another definition of 'resolution' says "the progression of a chord from dissonance to consonance". As a singer, this definition spoke to my soul. A dissonant chord is one that leaves you feeling like the song is unfinished. When the music moves from the dissonant chord to the consonant chord, there is a sense of completion. It feels like the conflict is resolved! A list of 'things I am going to do better this year' feels like that dissonant chord. A list such as this rings with conflict of things not done right in the past, and we are 'working' to make it better. Again, our featured verse today reminds us that we are not to focus on fixing the conflict of our past, but to remember that this was resolved the moment we accepted the gift of salvation! So, move from the dissonant to the consonant this year! Make a list in harmony with God's will and His desire for each of us to draw closer to Him!
I'd love to hear your thoughts of 'resolution' today! Just click on the comment link below and let us hear from you. Maybe you have a verse that God has shared with you for 2010? Encourage us with His word!
Tami, I can't tell you how much your devotions continue to bless my life! My resolutions are almost exactly the same as yours, but what I love about this time of year is the fact that we're all in this together...lining up at the mark, exhilirated and ready to start again. I pray we can encourage and support each other through this next year! Love, DanaReplyDelete
Hi Tami, As I was sitting down to work on my Goal Sheet for 2010, I, of course, procrastinated first and read Facebook and saw your blog post. So glad I did. 2009 has not been easy and I have failed at many of my goals. Then, the depression set in and moving forward has been difficult. My first goal this year is to listen. I pray a lot, but I don't wait for His answer and then I'm frustrated. I thank God for His mercy and grace and I know 2010 will be better. Happy New Year to you and your family. Blessings and Hugs, NanciReplyDelete
I love that you used that Philippians passage! That's the main passage I speak on at women's retreats, and it means so much to me! I always feel like whenever I read it somewhere else, God is smiling at me.
I think you're totally right: we do need to forget what lies behind, and not be shackled by guilt or deflated by depression because we didn't live up to some arbitrary guidelines we set for ourselves. Let's begin this year straining forward to what lies ahead--Jesus--and let the rest go!
Thanks for linking up at To Love, Honor and Vacuum!
Thank you for the recipe card. I printed out `Request,Wait and Expect.` I just finished reading Psalms I Love that this will be a reminder of what I read.