Thinking about resolutions for the new year?
Oddly, most of my resolutions come while I'm on vacation. Maybe it's not odd and I'm not alone, it's just I've never heard of anyone else who makes multiple resolutions while on vacation.
But I do have resolutions around this time of year (especially if I'm on vacation at the end of the year).
Do you have a resolution for this year? If so, don't waste it.
The best ones are catalytic--they have a domino or ripple effect?
For example, if I would review my master to-do list for 5-10 minutes every day, I would then trust my to-do list and put all my to-dos on that list. And if I did that I would stop scattering reminders everywhere (e.g., I can't move that book off my desk because it will remind me I want to use it for a sermon three months from now).
A simple discipline of checking my to-do list daily would make my life less cluttered, my mind more nimble, and my wife very happy.
I don't know what would be the most spiritually catalytic resolution for you. Catalysts are different for different parts of our journey. But I do know what is the one catalytic practice that is profoundly impactful no matter where you are on your spiritual journey.
Here are the late R.C. Sproul's reflections on this one catalytic practice:
"The Word of God can be in the mind without being in the heart, but it cannot be in the heart without first being in the mind."
“We fail in our duty to study God’s Word not so much because it is difficult to understand, not so much because it is dull and boring, but because it is work. Our problem is not a lack of intelligence or a lack of passion. Our problem is that we are lazy.”
If this is your one resolution, consider attending the Story of God experience, starting Sunday, January 21 (register here). It'll deepen your understanding. It will help get in your head what your heart needs in order to love.
Or maybe resolve to start each day with DailyLife (subscribe here).