This is the time most people are talking about resolutions, turning over a new leaf, whatever you want to call it. I thought I’d do something a little different this year. Instead of making new year’s resolutions, I’m making un-resolutions. The thing is, I don’t even remember consciously making these resolutions. But it’s obvious, by the way I’ve lived my life, that somewhere along the line I did. So this is the year I hope to break my resolutions.
- I’m breaking my resolution to always be in control. It keeps me from trusting God. It keeps me locked into my own path, afraid of new ideas.
- I’m breaking my resolution to always have to know what’s coming next. It keeps me locked in a prison of fear, afraid to take a step into the unknown.
- I’m breaking my resolution to to live in guilt and shame over my failures. It keeps me and my faults on the throne, constantly obsessed with me, instead of God and His grace.
- I’m breaking my resolution to feel like I deserve more than I have. It keeps me always looking for the next thrill, the next high. It leaves me unsatisfied and discontented. And worst of all, it keeps me from meeting the needs of those who have less than they deserve.
What if 2011 were a year of faith? What if 2011 were a year where I quit doing the things that don’t matter, even if it means less security. What if 2011 were the year I stop meeting my own needs and instead meet the needs of others. What if 2011 were the year I walked that dangerous, uncertain, and scary path into the unknown?
What if 2011 were the year I resolved to un-resolve, and just let God take control?
What are your “un-resolutions”?