Resolution of an Apostle

For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.” [1 Corinthians 2:2 NIV]

Being that it’s a new year (Happy New Year, by the way), I thought I’d take a look at resolutions. It is a traditional part of celebrating the entry into a new year. We make ‘resolutions’ such as ‘I am going to lose weight,’ ‘I am going to stop smoking,’ or ‘I am going to start exercising.’ Sadly, statistics show that by half way through the year, less than 50% of resolution makers are actually continuing with their goals. (You can read some statistics here.) Why is that?

Perhaps it is because we don’t really have a solid understanding of what resolution means. We make resolutions saying ‘I am…’ or ‘I will…’ or ‘I will not…’, but inside our minds, the thought is actually ‘I will try…’

An attempt at success is not a true resolution. One definition I read for resolution is: firm determination. If we are to succeed at our New Year’s Resolutions, they must be firm decisions to make a change, without leaving room for excuses.

I think about the Apostle Paul in the verse above. He had a firm determination to not be involved in anything while with the people of Corinth, except preaching the gospel of Jesus and the salvation He brought. He was deeply committed to his cause, not allowing weakness or obstacles to get in his way – even when it came to being arrested. Nothing could waver him from his purpose!

Do we have that kind of commitment to change in our lives? Firm determination to get it done? I would like to challenge you today, to make ONE resolution that you determine and purpose in your heart to bring to pass, without exception. I pray 2012 brings you much blessing and fulfilment.

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  1. Hi Amanda,
    Those who do manage to keep their resolutions until half way through the year are probably among the more successful, running on their own strength. I think I even read somewhere that the end of January seems to be the average time to peter out. I love your challenge and agree that focusing such determination on just one is a good way to go.

    • Hi Paula. A friend posted on FB about how full the gym was the other day. I had to laugh to myself. I thought – probably all those New Year’s Resolutions still in their first bloom. 🙂 I’m sure, though it is unfortunate, that things will quieten down in a few weeks.

  2. I’ve read suggestions that you make your resolutions in February instead, and use January as a time to reflect on the previous year. I think this is much more effective.

    I have an ‘achievements’ list on my computer that I look at every January and write things I’ve achieved in the last year. It’s lovely to find things I’ve done I never really planned or didnt think I’d manage and imagine myself writing a long list next year as well!

    • Hi Katelyn. That’s another way to do it. 🙂 Great stuff.

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