|Posted by Kathryn Marshall on January 3, 2012 at 8:25 PM|
Yesterday morning the Iverson family, which now includes Mary Beth (my housemate) and I, sat at the kitchen table to discuss our new years resolutions. I personally don't believe in making resolutions especially for the new year because it seems so fickle and idealistic. Instead of resolutions I believe in goals. Now, I know that you may be thinking that they are one and the same, but they're as different as can be.
Every January millions of resolutions are made and come February they are all of them broken and forgotten (that is if they make it that far). If you asked someone what the definition of the word 'resolution' is, they mostly likely will say among other things that it means 'to set a goal'. While this is the general meaning of the word 'resolution', it carries an altered implication to me: fallen humans striving to better their lifestyle in 365 days. I noticed that among mostly non-Christians this is the case; our fallen nature striving for perfection apart from Christ. This is what I hear every time someone says the word 'resolution'.
In the Iverson household, however, the word 'resolution does not carry this implication. What Dan Iverson had us do was spend at least an hour by ourselves reading the Word, praying and examining ourselves. Then we met around the table to discuss what God had shown us. We prayed for each other's weaknesses and asked God to give us strength to overcome in the New Year. This seems more characteristic of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur doesn't it?
While resolutions come and go, the goal will always be santification in Christ throughout our whole lives. We should always examine ourselves and strive for the goal that is in Christ Jesus.