Last Sunday I mentioned a panel from a Calvin and Hobbes comic strip which had to do with New Year Resolutions.
Here’s the strip in question. The panel is the second one on the middle line, but it’s all gold.
The easiest resolutions to make are those where we stay the same and everyone else changes.
Anyway, here’s an interesting essay from Mockingbird about New Year resolutions and the tension between law and grace which battles away in the heart of every disciple of Jesus.
In Galatians, the Apostle Paul talks about the Law being a “disciplinarian” (3:23-25). The King James translates the same word as “schoolmaster.” “Taskmaster” might be a happy medium. You might not be someone who thinks of themselves as fundamentally occupied with “the Law of God”, but the notion of a internal or external taskmaster makes a bit more sense. That voice–maybe the internalized voice of a parent or teacher, maybe their actual voice–that is always evaluating, always pointing out mistakes, always criticizing. That imperative that we must always be growing, progressing, improving–the narrative that must be true!–it is the voice of condemnation, a distant or not-so-distant echo of the Law of God. It often comes with the best of intentions, but it rarely enlivens. It exhausts.
But it turns out Watterson spelled this all out much better than I ever could. So hold on to your hat while we look at all six of his New Year’s resolutions strips.
Read the whole post (and seem some prime C&H strips) at Mockingbird.
The primary objective here is not to focus on action as much as motivation.
Why is this new resolve worth embracing?
And on what basis?