I cannot remember the last time I made a New Year’s resolution. As a child, I would make lists of them in my journal – and berate myself when I invariably failed them. At some point along the way, I decided that making resolutions I never kept seemed kind of pointless and gave them up. But towards the end of December, I started to consider making one for 2013.
I recommend you go listen to Rob’s message yourself, but he explains eloquently that so often our resolutions are nothing more than a way to serve the little idols we’ve built up in our hearts. Even resolutions with the best of intentions tend to turn us toward idols.
My plan for 2013 was to resolve to get down to a healthier weight. And it was a resolution that came out of good intentions. It’s not that I want to look better – though I wouldn’t mind that – but it’s mostly that I want to be healthier so I can better serve my family, my church, and so that I can honor God by honoring the body he’s given me. And none of this is bad and I do need to make changes to my lifestyle.
But after listening to the sermon, I knew that resolving to lose weight, eat better, or exercise more in 2013 was not the answer to that problem. Either I would do those things well and I would pat myself on the back, rejoice in the number on the scale, and slowly grow a prideful and arrogant idol through my healthy lifestyle. Or, just as likely, I would fail and be crushed by my failure. I would be crushed by my failure because I had put my hope in my own futile efforts.
So, I am not resolving to do anything in 2013, because I can’t. However, I have decided to embrace at least part of Ali Edward’s One Little Word idea. A word on its own isn’t going to be any better than a resolution, but I am choosing a word to meditate on for 2013 and it’s REST.
Resting in God. Resting in His work. Resting from my work, because he has completed the final work. I still want to be more healthy in 2013. I want to do a lot more with Two More Days. I want to serve my family better, keep a cleaner house, but whether or not I do anything of those things, I want to rest satisfied in the Lord’s work.
I can’t resolve myself to rest anymore than I can resolve myself to work, but I pray that the Lord would teach me to rest in Him in 2013.
Are you embarking on any projects for 2013? I’d love to know more about them. Leave me a message in the comments.