New year’s resolutions are useless to me. I’ve never kept one past January 20th. So I stopped making them years ago.
I know. I know. You’re saying that by saying I’m not making any New Year’s resolutions, I’m making a resolution. I’ll let you language mavens wrestle with that one.
However, I do have some things I’m hoping for in 2013. My men’s Bible study leader asked us these two question a few weeks ago: “What is God doing in your life right now?” Then he asked us, “What do you want God to do in your life in 2013?” Well, none of us could answer those questions on the spot? Could you?
I prayed about the answers to those questions. God was going to have to answer them for me. Here’s what He came up with for me. Right now, God is teaching me patience. No, I didn’t ask Him to. I know better. He is also helping me manifest in me His gift of mercy in our family. We have recently shifted from two residents in our home (Marie and I) to five. Our daughter and her two daughters (three years and eight weeks) moved in with us last weekend and will be here for some time. Need I say more?
What He wants to do with me in 2013 is something I had to answer. As December rolled around this year God led me to a wonderful verse that I’m claiming for my life verse for 2013.
(In case you’re interested, my lifetime life verses are: Psalm 25:4-5–“Show me your ways, O Lord, teach me your paths, guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.”)
My life verse for 2013, however, comes right after Jesus talks about the day He will separate the sheep from the goats. Jesus teaches that the righteous will ask when did they ever, “see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you a drink? When did we ever see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we ever see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?” And Jesus responds in Matthew 25:40, “And the King said, ‘Verily I say unto you, inasmuch as you have done it to one of the least of these, my brethren, you have done it unto me.’ “
My heartfelt desire for 2013 is for God to immerse me in a whole bunch of the least of these. God revealed to me this fall that He has given me the gift of mercy If you knew me well you would think that as unexpected as I did. I was surprised when mercy showed up, not only as one of His spiritual gifts to me, but prominently so.
To me, it sounds as if God has some exciting and new paths of His to show me. New ways to guide me into His truth. With a year ahead of me like that, why would I want to make some silly resolution? How could I possibly plan a better year for myself than He already has planned for me?
God, I’m ready for whatever You have for me. I look forward to this next year with You, waiting expectantly and anticipating with joy whatever you have in store for me.
2013? Bring it on!
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8 thoughts on “My New Year’s Resolution: Make No New Year’s Resolutions”
Happy New Year Steven!
Thank you, Noel, and may God fill your new year with His blessings and His grace.
I’m with you! I think they are pointless as well. Most people..maybe not all..but most don’t keep them. “I’m going to lose 80 lbs in two months!” LOL Or, “I’m going to stop picking my nose!” Or, better, “This year, I will invent something new, and become a millionaire!” There are all sorts of crazy things people promise to do..but usually fail.
Instead, how about anytime, any place, we just stop, look toward the heavens, and say, “Hey God..I love you! I know I’ve got a lot of kinks that need worked out! I resolve to start asking You for help instead of sweeping it under the rug. I know You want to help, and will help when I ask. It might not be the type of help I think I want, but in the end, it’ll be what works. Thank You, Lord!”
Now, that’s what I call an “ANYtime of the YEAR’s Resolution! Just promise to stay in touch with our Heavenly Father, be real, and ask Him for the help He promises. He ready and waiting… all you have to do is call. 463–that spells GOD on your touch-pad. Hey, I wonder if that really works? Huh. I should try it! LOL
God bless you Steve!
That’s it. An anytime, any year resolution. Just to look up with Thanksgiving and praise God. Any time. Day or night. What a way to live. I still am in awe that, with all my kinks and flaws that He loves me. What an awesome thought. God bless you as well, Lyn, and may you have a wonderfully blessed life in 2013 full of His blessings and His grace.
You are a gift from God.
Thank you, Sis, and God bless.
Thank you, Steve! And likewise! You always put out ‘truth’..and truth is first and foremost! God blesses us abundantly for truth. God love you, and your family..and His glory, and anointing by upon you always!
Thank you, my beautiful sister in Christ.
😉 Don’t know how beautiful I’m feeling today…jeans, Jeff Gordon T Shirt (ancient), and it’s colder than all get out here….but thanks! ha ha ha! Just returned from grocery shopping…it was so crowded, I could not wait to get out. I think they need to start having people apply for grocery shopping cart driver’s license!
I’ve been noticing your weather. Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!