A New Year a New Resolution


1245824_48965530 Hello 2010, glad to meet you.  Are you about ready to kick this thing off?  2009 is so…well, 2008!  Out with the old, in with the new.  Baby New Year needs a bottle and a diaper change.  Let’s party like it’s 1999!  OK, OK, enough. 

 

Everyone gets excited for the new year.  A chance to change, a chance to break bad habits and start new ones.  It’s a fresh start.  But the one thing that will be on almost every ones mind is the New Years Resolution.  OH YEAH!  Time to promise to do something that most of us will never do.  Time to lie to ourselves and our loved ones.  From my in-depth (Google) research, here are the top ten New Year’s Resolutions-

1. More time with friends & family632972_90120450 983478_51654394

2. Get Fit

3. Lose weight

4. Quite smoking

5. Enjoy life more2170816235_4294710cbf1081067_69231286

6. Quit drinking

7. Get Out of Debt1184809_79081312

8. Learn Something New

9. Help Others

10. Get Organized

All great ideas.  Each one would make a better you.  The problem is that they aren’t specific enough.  Instead of “More time with family and friends” how about, I will clear Tuesday and Thursday nights and half a day on Saturday and Sunday to spend time with my family and friends.  Or, I will quit smoking by January 30th.  I will be in the gym and actually do something three days a week.  “Enjoy life more”?  Sorry, I got nothing for this one, it’s to vague.  Instead of “learn something new”, how about- I will sign up for a class on pottery or underwater basket weaving (inside military joke).  For “help others”, I will volunteer once a month at a homeless shelter.  I think you get the idea.  We have to be specific.  We have to make resolutions on purpose.  Don’t be wishy-washy.  Be firm and set a date.

That was on the house, but not what I want to write about today.  What I want to talk about is your Spiritual New Year’s Resolution or SNYR for short.  There is such a thing you know.  It’s the same as a regular resolution only, you know, spiritual.  Pretty simple huh?  So what do you want to accomplish spiritually next year?  And don’t say, “Grow Spiritually”.  That’s as lame as “Enjoy life more”.  We need to be specific.  We need to be precise.  One thing I think we all need to resolve to do is read/study the Bible more.  I know I do.  I have been slipping in that area lately.  While I was away from my wife and kids with the military for 6 months I had all the time in the world to read, pray and study.  Then my family moved up to live with me and all that time seemed to disappear faster than Kanye West’s career after he interrupted Country music’s darling, Taylor Swift.  VIDEO HERE!  I have been trying recently to wake up earlier, 4:30 am, to read and pray.  I’m doing pretty good.  It’s important to me that I spend time with God and in His Word.  I think Paul really gives us the outline and reason for this specific New Years Resolution in Hebrews.  Have a look.

11-14I have a lot more to say about this, but it is hard to get it across to you since you’ve picked up this bad habit of not listening. By this time you ought to be teachers yourselves, yet here I find you need someone to sit down with you and go over the basics on God again, starting from square one—baby’s milk, when you should have been on solid food long ago! Milk is for beginners, inexperienced in God’s ways; solid food is for the mature, who have some practice in telling right from wrong.   1-3So come on, let’s leave the preschool fingerpainting exercises on Christ and get on with the grand work of art. Grow up in Christ. The basic foundational truths are in place: turning your back on "salvation by self-help" and turning in trust toward God; baptismal instructions; laying on of hands; resurrection of the dead; eternal judgment. God helping us, we’ll stay true to all that. But there’s so much more. Let’s get on with it!  Hebrews 5:12-6:3  The Message

How long have you been a Christ-Follower?  A year, 10 years, 20?  If you are less than a year old spiritually then you get a pass from me on Paul’s admonition, everyone else should have felt bad when they read the first verse, “By this time you ought to be teachers yourselves.”  Unless you are a teacher, then you get a pass as well.  However, I am a teacher and I didn’t learn as much new stuff about God last year as I should have.  I think most of us would stay the same.  Some of us are stuck on the basics.  We are still drinking milk like a baby and not eating spiritual steak (or spiritual tofu for all my vegetarian readers).  We are fingerpainting instead of creating works of art.  2896508876_9eba05e4a2

A friend of mine is an artist.  She is a fantastic painter.  But she doesn’t only limit herself to one medium, she makes art out of all kinds of stuff.  She also has a young daughter named Lo.  She loves art as well.  Lo started out making messes more than art but with her Mom’s careful and patient (and fun) instruction she is learning how to create art not just messes.  Allow me to give a little “Link Love” to Aimée.  Her art website- Mazer:Design and her blog- Lo Mama Adventures.  Stop by and say “Hi”.  mwm05404

Just like little miss Lo we started out “making messes” but with the tutoring of mature  Christ-Followers and the Holy Spirit we should have began making “works of art” out of our lives.  We do this by going deeper.  Re-read the last part of our passage, “But there’s so much more!  Let’s get on with it!”  The time to start is now. 

 

 

Let’s make the New Year’s Resolution to spend “X” amount of time with God every day.  There’s so much more!  Let’s get on with it!


FYI-  This will be my last post of the year.  The fam and I are heading to Mom and Dad’s house for some home cooking, home grown fun and home-made chocolate chip cookies! 

Merry Christmas to all and to all a good rest of the year!

 

It’s all about Him,

Shawn


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2 Responses

  1. Specific goals are KEY! If we’ve only got vague ideas of things we might to do, we’ll never get around to doing any of them. If you don’t want to plan, you may as well not make goals at all.

    Another big goal-making principle for me is reasonableness. I find myself making pretty audacious goals that I’ll never get around to fulfilling in a year (or 10). If I want to complete my goal, I’ve gotta help myself out a bit.

  2. Hey Steven. Excellent points. Being reasonable is a huge principle.
    Thanks for stopping by.
    Shawn

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