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Topic: Resolutions (12/29/03)
TITLE: Raise Your Glass
By tanji reed marshall
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By: Tanji Reed Marshall
Glasses raised…Music subsides…Friends gather around…The time has come for everyone to reflect on the past and consider the future. Many dread this inevitable break in the night’s festivities, but some do not. Your stomach churn’s and your mind goes blank. What did you say last year? How long was it before you forgot what you said? Can you escape without notice? Nope! You’ve been cornered – join the circle of revelers.
One by one, you hear them. Promises to lose weight, to repair estranged and broken relationships, to take that course you read about and have been longing for. But how do you handle this one? Last year you vowed to never do this again. “The New Year’s Resolution” circle.
Resolution – the state of being resolved; but resolved to what exactly? Resolved to making a decision and sticking firmly to it without wavering and with senses of a determination that makes the decision lasting and concretes.
Interestingly enough many people treat resolutions with a glibness that insults and degrades; with a nonchalance that minimizes the true meaning of the word. The emotions of the moment seem to give the words the strength necessary to be lasting and impervious to circumstance and temptation. However it is because the promises are made in the heat of the moment that at the first blowing of the proverbial wind, resolutions wither on their vines. We waver – make excuses and our resolutions become an all too quick and distant memory.
Much has been written about resolution; how to make them, their importance in providing a new start, how to keep them; and especially how to deal with the guilt when one breaks them. But as believers how are we to handle this issue? Are we being the salt and light we are called to be or are we being followers of the world? Unfortunately we have become followers of the world’s ways.
As the New Year approaches and people are allowing their emotions to take hold and the resolutions roll cheekily off tongues, hear a word from the word of God.
Interestingly enough the word does not record any instances of resolutions being made. However it does records the word resolved. Jesus used the word resolved in a parable to his disciples while he was trying to illustrate a point about stewardship, honesty, resourcefulness, and true commitment to one’s task. Resolved was used to stress clarity of decision – having knowledge and complete understanding of what must be done in a difficult situation. Luke 16:4, Jesus tells the parable beginning with, “I am resolved of what to do…”
Go into the New Year not with resolutions made cheek in tongue based on emotions. Go into it being resolved, knowing firmly and understanding fully; being unwaveringly sure of what to do. See the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. Commit your work to the Lord and let Him direct your path – Delight yourself in the Lord, and seek the Lord and His ways first, then everything that might be on your “resolution” list will be added to you.