It’s that time of year again! The time when many of us make one or more resolutions for the new year. In fact, statistics say that about 45% of Americans make resolutions each year. We resolve to lose weight, go back to school, spend more time with family, or get more organized. Invariably, we end up breaking those resolutions only to make them again next year. I think that what we really need is not resolution but revolution.
Now, I’m not talking about revolution as in overthrowing a government. I’m not talking about revolution as in the rotations made by the moon or a record on a turntable (remember them?). I’m talking about the revolution described in the dictionary as a complete or radical change. That type of change, that revolution, is internal and not external. It is the change that is referred to in Romans 12:2 as being transformed by the renewing of your mind. That change can only come about with the help of the Lord.
God’s Word tells us that our inward man is being renewed day by day (2 Corinthians 4:16). This is a result of the grace and mercy shown to us by God through the death and resurrection of His Son, Jesus Christ. While resolutions are not bad things, they are fleeting and temporary. They are things that can be seen. But the things which are not seen, the internal changes that can be made only with the help of God, are eternal (2 Corinthians 4:18).
Are you ready to make a New Year’s revolution? I know I am!