I don’t know about you, but at New Year’s, I am resolutely anti-resolutions. I think it’s the recovering perfectionist in me. Somehow, setting goals for myself — which I then inevitably don’t meet — ends up leaving me feeling guilty, discouraged, or inadequate. None of which really seems to contribute to the “abundant life” that Jesus promises his followers.
Which isn’t to say there aren’t many things I wouldn’t like to do better or do more of this year. More exercise, less TV, more books, more intentional time-spending, less unintentional time-wasting. Perhaps most of all, more discipline to create time for myself simply to be in God’s presence. (I told you I was a recovering perfectionist; it doesn’t take me long to compile a list of oughts and shoulds a mile long!)
But I’ve found that all those oughts and shoulds don’t get me anywhere good. So this year I’m trying something else. I’m simply going to ask God for more. More of his grace, more of his healing, more of his transformation, more of him. Because, while I don’t think God’s been holding out on me on these things, I do know that he can only give them to me as much as I’m willing to receive them. So I’m praying that he’ll give me a heart that’s increasingly willing to receive what he so passionately desires to give.
If resolutions work for you — and I know they do for some people — that’s fantastic. Share them with me, and I’ll be thrilled to cheer you on along the way. In return, I’ll ask that you ask me from time to time about how I’m doing with not having resolutions… how I’m doing with just asking God for more of him… how I’m doing at simply receiving God’s grace, instead of trying so very hard to earn it.
So resolutions or no, I pray that in the year ahead, the Restoration community will continue to be the encouraging, challenging, welcoming, grace-ful group of folks so many of us have already found it to be. It’s a blessing to get to be among you.
Happy New Year!
Can’t wait to see you Sunday morning as we continue to explore Psalm 139!