A year ago, I made a list of resolutions, all under the heading of “Stop Wasting.” Stop wasting time, stop wasting money, stop wasting youth and health, etc. I read two-thirds of the number of books I wanted to; I did save up enough money to buy my first car, although my saving has been scattered since; I lost weight a couple of times, but then it found me again.
Many times I’ve made “resolutions,” which is more of a fancy way of saying, “things I would like to have happen in my life without me really working for them.” I don’t think that’s what Webster had in mind when he wrote that section of the dictionary. In fact it seems like every time I purposefully make a decision or resolution to better myself in some way, it’s that much harder for me to actually do it. So why bother?
I’m notorious for starting things I can’t finish, and not just at New Year’s. But perhaps if I don’t start, I have a shot at finishing. What I mean is this: rather than set goals for myself out of my own thoughts and desires, I’m going to focus on one thing and one thing only: Christ.
Matthew 6:33 says, “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”
Rather than give the devil room to distract me regarding my weight, or my studies, or my time serving in church, or my time serving in my home, or my this or my that, I’m going to narrow down the playing field. I’m going to fix my eyes on Christ and any distractions will have to go through that trunk of my life before they interfere with the branches.
In the year 2012, I started attending a four-year college for the first time; I started working for the first time (two jobs over the summer); I fasted for the first time; voted for the second time; I bought my first car; paid off my first credit card; lost someone truly close to me for the first time; I even spent the whole year single, something I haven’t done since I was a teen. And for the first time ever, I found real purpose for my life.
There were a lot of goals I didn’t achieve this past year, but there was a lot of growth as well. I’m thankful for where God has brought me, and I’m expectant for where He’s taking me. I’m excited for the fast that my church is beginning on the sixth, because I know that the best is yet to come. So look ahead and keep your fork. (I’ll save that story for a future post. :-))