How do you decide on new year’s resolutions?The tradition for many of us is to make New Year’s resolutions. They are often begun in earnest and set by the wayside within days or weeks. This is so discouraging that many give up on the whole concept of New Year’s resolutions. Of course, that isn’t a great solution. We need to be accountable. We need to make changes. We need to re-evaluate our lives on a regular basis. Sometimes we say “i feel like God is so far away”. But God promised to never leave us….So the question is—who moved? Well…Obviously we moved. At times, at least in my case, we are like those Roomba vacuum cleaners. We started doing our job very earnestly and methodically. But then we zoomed out of reach. We lost contact by not checking in with He who loves us. As a result we keep spinning our wheels, stuck partway under and partway out of the couch. . . When that happens to me I whine and complain for awhile until I hear myself. I look around and say–“Oops, I did it again, didn’t I Lord”. Then I ask Him to set my hinds feet on high places… and I can get about my vocation, mission, assignment, etc.
I think the charcoal sketch of chess pieces is perfect. See the pieces all lined up? We can be like that. We can develop a listening, obedient heart and await His voice. He will tell us where to move. He knows. and he knows when we are frightened….in these remaining days before Christmas I await. I await His playbook. He knows best. Greater is He that is in me than He that is in the world. So how do I make my New Year’s resolutions? I ask God….and try very hard to really hear Him.