07 Jan Some thoughts on those new year's resolutions…
New Year’s Day.
A clean slate. A blank canvas. A do-over.
Like no other time in the year, motivation races through my veins like a flooding river as my stark-white calendar stares up at me on the desk. Suddenly, I believe that this will be the year of all years. This will be the kairos moment my soul has waited for. I shall finally deal with this flabby belly. I shall unswervingly absorb one book per month. I shall write the opening chapter of my epic novel.
And learn to play guitar. And take up Taekwondo. And call my mom three times a month. And stop eating Taco Bell.
January 1. It’s on like Donkey Kong.
Can anybody else relate to this? As human beings, we tend to be astonishing planners and gregarious goal-setters—just as soon as the Christmas gifts are opened. For a few weeks, we have this “Jerry McGuire” glow about us, believing that we can resolve to do life differently. All it takes is a sharp new plan.
But what does Scripture say about our goals and plans:
Look here, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we are going to a certain town and will stay there a year. We will do business there and make a profit.” How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog—it’s here a little while, then it’s gone. What you ought to say is, “If the Lord wants us to, we will live and do this or that.” Otherwise you are boasting about your own pretentious plans, and all such boasting is evil. James 4:13-16, NLT
Hmmm…..how do you think resolutions and whole-life planning square up with this? Are all my plans pretentious? Are my grandiose dreams ungodly?
Come January 11th and hear us unpack this timely passage.
If it helps, set a goal to be there. And a reminder on your phone.
We can’t wait to see you!