I Need a Revolution, Not a New Year’s Resolution

Welcome to our world, 2010! If you notice, it’s been a while since I have blogged. I was inadvertently drawn into the vortex of busy schedules and the daily chaos of family and business management. Does that excuse me from the lack of consistent blogging? No. Especially when I preach that consistency, not the length, is the key to a successful blog.

While my intentions were passionately strong, I failed to be consistent in blogging and therefore, I was not the champion of practicing what I preach. How often do we find ourselves proclaiming a message with passion and intensity, while failing to achieve in our own lives the very thing that we promote?

I have decided for 2010 to teach by example. I have made the decision to be a more consistent blogger. I have also decided that I would teach my children respect by being respectful; that I would lose the weight by a lifestyle of healthy habits and not sporadic diets. I would increase the romance in my marriage by being romantic. I would teach the love of God by being one who loves.

I have also decided not to have New Year’s Resolutions. Now wait, you say. What was that list you just gave us in the preceding paragraph? Weren’t those Resolutions?

Yes and No. After 40 years of failed attempts, I have decided that New Year’s Resolutions do not work. I think the longest I might have gone with a resolution is into June. I have yet to go an entire 12 months making my resolutions work.

How discouraging! You say. But Wait! This is not a blog of discouragement. No, it’s a blog of a paradigm shift. Did I say I wasn’t going to change? Didn’t I just give you a list of things that I want to improve in my life; a direction that I want to go this year?

That’s because I am NOT having Resolutions. If you look up the definition to “resolve” in the Webster’s New World College Dictionary (4th Edition), you will see it means:  “to reach as a decision or intention: determine/to resolve to go; to make a decision about.” While that sounds very good in meaning, it is almost often an impossible feat only because our good intentions, while strong and intense, are recurrently not enough to achieve that which we desire to attain in our lives. That is why we usually have the same list of Resolutions from year to year. Our resolve and determination was not enough to succeed in our attempts to bring the desired change.

Matthew 26:41 tells us to “Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” (NKJV). We have all heard that before, and we are acutely aware of the truth to that. So, my question is, why do we all think that we have the power in ourselves to overcome our battles, thus making resolutions, when we know that while our mind wants to do the right thing, our flesh does not? Even Paul stated in Romans 7:15-16, “What I don’t understand about myself is that I decide one way, but then I act another, doing things I absolutely despise. So if I can’t be trusted to figure out what is best for myself and then do it, it becomes obvious that God’s command is necessary.” (The Message). Even Paul, a follower of Jesus Christ, who devoted his life, time and energy to the preaching of the Gospel, and who God used to relay His Message to us through a large portion of the New Testament, struggled of his own accord to successfully achieve his own resolutions. Why, then, do we think we are exempt from the temptation of the flesh and do better?

That is why I have decided from now on that I will have a “New Year’s Revolution.” I cannot in my own strength perform the resolutions that I have set out to achieve. I need a greater power than myself to help me succeed.

I looked up the definition of “Revolution” in my computer’s dictionary and this is what it says, “A dramatic and wide-reaching change in the way something works or is organized, or in people’s ideas about it; motion in orbit or a circular course or around an axis or center.”

I then looked up the root word of “revolution”, which is “revolve.” This is what my computer says, “move in a circle on a central axis.” In geometry, axis means “an imaginary straight line passing through the center of a symmetrical solid, and about which a plane figure can be conceived as rotating to generate the solid.” Symmetrical means, “made up of exactly similar parts facing each other or around, as an axis, showing symmetry.”

While we, in our own power, cannot achieve the results we desire in our life, we can when we align our lives up with the Word of God. In Genesis 1:26, it says that God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness” which means that we can be symmetrically lined up the God, it is up to us whether we choose to “face” Him or not as the definition of symmetry states.

If we place God as the center of our axis, then our revolution around Him will be automatic and we will see “a dramatic and wide-reaching change in the way something works or is organized, or in people’s ideas about it.” Our motion in orbit will remain on course as long as we place Jesus Christ as our axis. The most common example of this is the earth’s rotation around the sun. As I studied it more in depth, I read that “ as the earth revolves around the sun, the place where light shines the brightest changes. This motion gives us the different seasons.” That is also true in our rotation through life. Just because we have aligned our axis with Jesus as our center, doesn’t mean that we won’t experience seasons of darkness. The earth has different seasons and experiences night and day, and so will we. The point is though, that God remains our center and we never fall into oblivion, floating helplessly through the darkness.

I trust that you have heard my heart in this blog. Do I want change? Yes! Do I see the need for resolutions? Absolutely! However, I also know that while I may have the greatest intentions on the planet, if I don’t yield my spirit and soul to the Lord Jesus Christ and align myself up with Him as the center of my universe, I cannot in my own strength fulfill even the weakest resolves of my heart.

I am choosing to do away with New Year’s “Resolutions” and adopt a” New Year’s Revolution.”  My revolution will be with Jesus as the center of my axis. As Matthew 9:23 says, “Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.” That is my resolve; to revolve. Yes, I believe.