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Resolution or Revolution?

 

Have you made any New Year’s resolutions? According to the Statistic Brain website, the top ten resolutions for 2014 include:

  1. Lose Weight
  2. Get Organized
  3. Spend less & save more
  4. Enjoy life to the fullest
  5. Stay Fit & Healthy
  6. Learn something exciting
  7. Quit smoking
  8. Help others in their dreams
  9. Fall in love
  10. Spend more time with family

resolutionsGood list. I definitely need to get fit and stay healthy, as my blood pressure numbers recently caused my doctor’s eyebrows to jump off his forehead. My annual physical revealed that my triglyceride levels were elevated, too, which would worry me immensely if I knew what a triglyceride was. Nevertheless, my doctor practically handed me Resolution #5 when he inked on my report, “NEED TO EXERCISE MORE.”

I don’t smoke, I don’t overspend and my wife would not appreciate me fulfilling Resolution #9 with another person. I enjoy helping others when I can and I’m always crawling around on Facebook learning something new and exciting, like who the new Antichrist is or How to Bathe Your Pet Wombat in Five Easy Steps. I’m not the most organized person in the world, but I can usually locate a needed item in our house with a little time and a large shovel.

Resolution Number #4 got to me, though. I don’t enjoy life as much as I should because I worry too much. I worry about my kids. I worry about the economy. I worry about declining morals and ethics in our society. And now I’m worried about my triglycerides, even though I’m not sure what they’re going to do to me.

As a Christian, I know I’m not supposed to worry. I’m quite familiar with the Lord’s commandments to put aside worry in his Sermon on the Mount. And while I’m not paralyzed by worry, there is a little anxiety bug that frequently buzzes around somewhere in the back of my head.

I’ve jotted down a few resolutions for 2014, but they’re all external—exercise, read more, manage my time, etc. But, as we know, the biggest battle is internal. Resolutions are all about the outside, but what we need is a revolution on the inside. Revolutions overthrow tyrants, upset the status quo, establish a new order. Jesus never commanded us to make resolutions, but he did come to effect revolution. This revolution doesn’t smash windows or spill blood. It deposes the prince of the world with the buckler of faith, helmet of salvation and sword of the Word.

I admit that I have too much worry. But I have one other thing, too: hope. And, according to God’s Word, “hope does not disappoint us” (Romans 5:5).

I’m banking on that as I start my new year’s revolutions. 

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