Saturday, January 1, 2011

A Resolution or A REVOLUTION

New beginnings. A fresh start. A new page. A clean slate. As I head into 2011, I have been thinking about how I want to live this new year of my life.

Resolution. This is a word we hear a lot this time of year. But what exactly is a resolution?

Resolution: a decision to do something or to behave in a certain manner; the act of making up your mind about something

Obviously, a resolution starts in the mind. It is making up your mind that you are going to do something different. This year, you are going to lose those extra pounds. This year, you are going to get out of debt. This year, you are going to drink more water. A resolution begins with a decision to make a change.

But, is a resolution what you and I are really wanting?

Each year, I make resolutions. Each year I sit down and decide what I am going to do (or not do). And, each year I usually end up living life in the exact same way as I did the year before.

Lately, instead of resolution, the Lord has been bringing a new word to my mind.....REVOLUTION.

Revolution: a single complete turn; a movement in a new direction; a far-reaching and drastic change

This is what I want in my life. I have a feeling it is what you are wanting, too. We don't just want to decide to make a change, we want the change! We want to make a complete turn and head in a new direction. We want far-reaching and drastic change.

So, the question begs to be asked. How do we turn our resolution into a true revolution?

By being intentional. By keeping our goals forever in front of us...always in view. By doing something each day to bring this goal to a reality.

Change starts in our mind, but comes to fruition in our actions.

If I want to lose weight, I have to do more than simply decide to drop those extra pounds, I have to start monitoring what I eat. I have to start practicing portion control. I have to swap non-healthy choices for choices that are nutritional powerhouses with fewer calories. To lose weight, I will need to start exercising more....or for the first time. For my resolution to become a revolution, I will need to intentionally make choices EVERY DAY to support this change.

Our resolution will never become a revolution unless we daily choose to make the change.

It's the same spiritually.

The most important resolutions we can make are those that draw us closer to the heart of God. How many times have you resolved to spend more time reading God's word? How many times have you decided that THIS year, you were going to spend more time in prayer? Are you still waiting for the revolution in your spiritual life?

The victory is found in our daily choices.

Jesus said to all of them, "If people want to follow me, they must give up the things they want. They must be willing to give up their lives daily to follow me." Luke 9:23, NCV

A true revolution will only come when we are daily committed to making it happen.

It's not enough to decide one time. We must keep deciding and keep choosing and keep resolving each and every day.

So, what kind of revolution do you want in your life?

Start by planning out your strategy, writing down the necessary steps you will have to take, then keep these goals and this game plan in front of you. Each and every day take action to make it happen. Call on the power of the Holy Spirit to help you be faithful to become all that you want to be come in and through Christ Jesus.

Remember...anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!~ 2 Corinthians 5:17

Are you ready for a revolution? Me, too!

It CAN HAPPEN.

Let's choose to do it today!

And tomorrow!

And the next day!

Let's not settle for simply a resolution, when God wants to bring about a complete revolution in our life!


3 comments:

  1. Nice post! "Our resolution will never become a revolution unless we daily choose to make the change" So,so true. Happy New Year!

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  2. What a great word, Stacy. You're right, it is a choice that we have to make daily AND take action. We can't just resolve to do it and expect things to magically change. Ready for a Revolution!

    Happy New Year!
    xoxo

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  3. My New Years Resolution was to be a much better servant of the Lord, when I sit under His teaching then I can be a much better me it goes hand in hand. God bless you and Happy New Years to you and yours

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