I’ve never been one to make New Year’s resolutions. I guess I’ve always thought of it as something that seems mildly unimportant and easily dismissed–especially when a flourless chocolate torte in a pool of raspberry sauce looks tantalizingly delicious and I’m wearing a pair of forgiving, elastic-waisted slacks.
But this year, I’ve felt challenged to focus on a resolution, word, or phrase to represent an intended direction for 2013. It’s a word I dread to put out there for everyone to read. Why? Because if I type the characters for you to read then I’ll be accountable for living my life accordingly. And honestly, today I don’t want to claim this word as my own. In fact, I would prefer Christ didn’t expect it of me. Why? Because I am hanging on to resentment…anger….and even a sense of self-righteousness regarding someone who hurt me long ago. This is when living like Christ takes me to the core of who I am. I can see beneath the thin veneer of Christian-ese and I don’t like what I see.
But the word keeps pulsing in my head…forgive…forgive…forgive. There it is–the word that continues to thrust itself to the edge of my conscience. Maybe God has continued to place a thought, word, or verse of scripture on your heart this week or even throughout the day. Is He calling you to lay your burden at his feet? Is there something you clutch tightly to your chest because you’re afraid of what might happen if you give it to Him? Perhaps He is whispering to you just as He did to me, “Put your resentment down, Child. It’s an anchor holding you back from experiencing what I have planned for you.” Or, perhaps there is another area He wants to claim for 2013.
Friend, let’s invite Him to do a work in us this year. Will you join me? Why not start today?
Verse for Reflection
2 Corinthians 5:16-18
16 So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come:[a] The old has gone, the new is here! 18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation.
Is there a defined area you believe God wants you to focus on this year?