“Where there is no vision, the people perish” (Prov. 19 :18)
How many of you have ever made a “New Year’s Resolution,” and completely followed through? While there are people who have done just that, there are many more of us who have been so determined to do a certain thing – and circumstances changed – causing it to become impossible, the “resolution” was a bigger task than anticipated and we became discouraged, or the simple, hum-drum of everyday living took away our beginning resolve!
Resolve – in it’s noun form, means – “fixed purpose or intention; firm determination.” When we are beginning something new, often we find ourselves “resolved” to complete the task, or “fix” the situation. The importance of something to us often determines the amount of the “resolve.”
When I think of resolve, I think of a story my husband, Mark tells about an experience he had in his younger years. When he was a teenager, he traveled together in a quartet. Although there is a much longer version of the story, we’ll just tell the “short version” here. Being scheduled to sing in the state of Colorado, they decided to climb Pikes Peak. This is America’s most visited mountain – and reaches14,115 feet into the Colorado sky. Being just a bit uniformed as to what they would face, they took along three apples, three candy bars, and one canteen of water. Off they started in the early morning to conquer this mountain. It wasn’t too long into the journey when they realized perhaps they should have prepared more – brought along a few more provisions for the trek! However, their resolve remained firm. Turning back was not an option. They persevered through every circumstance, and somewhere around four or five o’clock in the afternoon they reached the summit of Pike’s Peak.
The word, “resolute” used as an adjective, has much the same meaning: “having or showing a fixed, firm purpose; determined; resolved; unwavering.” Unwavering – no option of turning back – “survive or perish, sink or swim – I’m divin’ in!”
Some reports tell us that “new year’s resolutions” are becoming a “thing of the past.” However, it is good to take some time to reflect . . . what is it that you really want your life to accomplish? Take a few minutes to think about this. The Word of God tells us that a people without a vision will perish. That let’s us know that “looking ahead” and making a resolution – or setting a goal is a good thing. While we may have some earthly, physical goals – such as, eat healthier, spend more time with our families, save more money — the most important thing we can “resolve” to do, is to be “resolute” in following hard after Christ. Unwavering in our decision to follow; determined to seek Him everyday for direction; purposed to allow Him to be Lord of all of us – our lives, our homes, our hearts. He has a vision for each of us that is absolutely amazing. Each of us, individually, was designed with a purpose. When Christ lives in our hearts – and shines through us, His purpose for us is carried out.
So, whether we make “new year’s resolutions” or not – let’s resolve to be resolute in what really matters – let’s follow hard after Christ – EVERY MOMENT OF EVERY DAY!
Janene A. Dubbeld/FGG