New Year’s Resolutions…do you make them? Do you keep them? Why do we even have them?
Perhaps it’s the crisp air and the feeling of starting over - like getting another life in a video game or hitting the reset button on our calendars. What an amazing feeling to gaze at the 365 blank canvases that stretch out before us through the seasons of nature and the seasons of life in 2011!
Yeah…right. We all know that the only resolution the majority of us keep is the resolution to not make any more resolutions - because they usually go in one Year and out the other (ba-dum chhh!)
We’re just not resolute enough for resolutions, as in “characterized by firmness and determination” - don’t you think? By nature we are half-hearted creatures wedged into the ruts of our habits and molded into the image of whatever we think the world expects us to be.
That’s why I would propose a whole new plan for the New Year. One that offers freedom from the maddening cyclical monotony that drives the deep desire for change, but never quite fulfills it. So rather than a “resolution,” would you prayerfully consider a “riskolution”?
What I mean is, rather than resolving to change through your own will power and strength of mind, take a step of faith and offer God 365 opportunities to use you in ways you never would have thought possible…
That’s a riskolution!
Trust me, riskolutions are *way* better than the whole silly resolution tradition. In fact, the entire Bible is a chronicle of people no different, better, smarter, or more “spiritual” than you or me, except they took God at His Word:
No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him (1 Corinthians 2:9).
Did you catch that promise? When you stand up and step out in unhindered love for God and unwavering faith that you are the man or woman that God has prepared unimaginable things for, you will have the newest New Year you’ve ever experienced!
Need some evidence? Sure:
• What if Noah decided to play it safe and not become a boat builder in his old age instead of saving the human race?
• What if Moses resolved to stick with tending sheep instead of delivering 3 million people from slavery?
• What if David did the common sense thing and kept his mouth shut with Goliath instead of taking him down to Chinatown?
• What if Daniel hid his faith instead of seeing an angel close the jaws of man-eating lions?
• What if Mary told God “no” instead of having the honor of giving birth to our Savior?
• And yes, what if Jesus decided that it wouldn’t be worth the pain and suffering on earth to pay the penalty for our sins?
• And what if you exchange this incredible opportunity in 2011 to take riskolutions and change your corner of the world?
Do you know what happens when nothing changes? Nothing. And to be honest, this is a huge fear of mine. I don’t want “nothing” to be the ending credits of my story, which is why I see this new year as a new challenge to help fulfill the greatest riskolution ever put on the table:
Jesus came to them and said:
I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth! Go to the people of all nations and make them my disciples. Baptize them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and teach them to do everything I have told you. I will be with you always, even until the end of the world (Matthew 28:18-20).
Not a minute of any day goes by when you don’t have the power and presence of Jesus Christ within you, and the people God has placed in your life are not there by accident. God’s heart beats in love not only for His children, but for everyone! And the mind blowing truth is that He has placed the message of the gospel and the ability to make disciples in our hands.
So what does 2011 hold for you my friend? Don’t waste your precious time and fleeting effort on “dust in the wind” resolutions. Take riskolutions like asking God to use you in someone’s life, sharing the gospel, going on a missions trip, volunteering in a ministry, or a thousand other ways to make an eternal difference in this temporary situation called life.
Happy New Year…and heavenly cheers to riskolutions!