In past new year’s commitments, perhaps you have heard or spoken phrases like these:
“I’m going to sign up for a gym membership.
I’ll wean myself off of cigarettes.
I’m going to finish that craft project I started 5 years ago. I’ll drink less.
I’m going to eat healthier.
I want to read the entire Bible.
I’m going to balance my checkbook every month.”
Our lists tend to be full of great ideas and wonderful attempts to be healthier and happier. Most of our new goals are designed to improve our quality of living in some way, benefitting those we love, as well as ourselves.
While there is nothing wrong with establishing personal goals, I offer us all the hope and relief that our resolutions don’t always have to be doing any more or any less of specific things.
Maybe, we simply raise our commitment in faith in God. I’m reminded of Jesus’ words from John 10:
11 I” am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.
14 I” am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me– 15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father–and I lay down my life for the sheep.
I need to remind myself of my sheep-like characteristics.
Stubborn. Willful. Not too bright.
Yet, Loved by God. Worthy. Valuable.
My challenging resolution this year is simply obedience. Sheep-like obedience. To trust more in the Good Shepherd. To attempt less performance from myself, and more leaning on God’s perfor- mance through me. At the end of the year, may we all accomplish less of our own doing, and ac- complish more by being obedient first to what God asks us to do.
I Love You All,