The notion of resolving to make yourself a better person each January 1 teaches the Christian over and over that they can’t be their own saviours.
Through our own efforts we just won’t make ourselves completely acceptable to ourselves, let alone to others.
Even when we achieve that which we resolve to change, we find that there are still more changes to be made in order to be the person we ideally think we should be.
The ghosts of resolutions past haunt us, accusing of being slaves to passing fashions and weak failures.
The ghosts of resolutions present taunt us about so many opportunities we could pursue, and that through our own striving we can be different and better.
The ghosts of resolutions future daunt us, reminding us that this cycle of resolve, attempt, fail/move on speaks of an unsatisfied existence of never-ending striving.
A Christian new year’s resolution would be stop trying to recreate oneself and to rest in the recreation of our lives through Jesus.
We would resolve to stop striving toward whatever this year’s model of perfection looks like and abide in the full acceptance by God that we have because Jesus lived, died and rose again.
Instead of a new year’s resolution, we would consign ourselves to the eternal revolution that has taken place in our lives.
So, a new year’s revolution is to rest more and more into the acceptance and love of God, ever-growing into the new creation he is making of you.

2 thoughts on “New Year’s Revolution

  1. Tasmanian says:

    Well put, Gary.
    Thought you’d enjoy this song, and your readers may too…

    1. Gary Ware says:

      Nice rendition of a favourite song.

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