New Year’s resolutions are good for showing me my lack of resolve. Hauntingly ironic, don’t you think? But isn’t the point of our “resolution-making” really about resolve? Who cares what your New Year’s resolution is if you don’t have the determination, will, and tenacity to actually do it? Every year we put ourselves to the test with a new resolution. Most of us usually find out we didn’t have the resolve we hoped we did. I hope 2011 brings you more resolve and determination to be all of who God intended you to be when He created you. Let me explain mine.
One of the best classes I had in seminary was an historical and theological look at the life of Jonathan Edwards. No, I am not referring to the Senator from North Carolina. That would not be a class to take in seminary.
Edwards is the most recognized and acclaimed North American theologian in history. To put it simply, by the time he was my age (27), he had enrolled at Yale College, finished his Master’s degree, and became the leading authority at Yale.
Needless to say, the class was an inspiring reminder of how little I have accomplished in my twenties.
When he was in his late teens, he began to write down his resolutions. For example, number 42: “Resolved, Frequently to renew the dedication of myself to God, which was made at my baptism, which I solemnly renewed when I was received into the communion of the church, and which I have solemnly re-made this 12th day of January, 1723.” I felt this was an appropriate choice since it’s nearly January 12, 2011. If you want to read more of his 70 statements sometime, you can find them here: http://www.desiringgod.org/resource-library/articles/the-resolutions-of-jonathan-edwards
I only made one resolution for 2011. After the best year of my life in 2010, I didn’t want to change that much. Plus, my usual resolutions often begin to wane after a couple months, if they even last that long. This year, I’m not making eating healthier, working out, praying better and more often, or studying Scripture more intensely a resolution. Let’s face it, these are resolutions and pursuits that have to be made and remade more than once a year.
In 2011, I‘m going to post a new blog at least every other week. I’m excited about it, but I don’t want to make this a self-serving venture—those never last that long. The most difficult challenge will be coming up with something worth someone’s time to read and my time to write. That being said, if you’re reading this blog, perhaps you would be so kind as to leave a comment below with a subject or issue I could write about. But since God is writing this story, and I’m simply narrating it (www.itsnotmystory.wordpress.com/narrate), I should have plenty of content.
1. Resolved, Regularly to ponder and write about issues and subjects God brings to mind for the edification of His Church and the glorification of His Son, Jesus Christ.