A few years ago I asked my son Grayson, age 12 at the time, if he had any New Year’s resolutions. He thought a moment and then said, “Yeah. Eat a high fiber diet!” Wait a sec. Unless Pop Tarts are now considered a health food, I don’t think he had any idea what he was talking about. Before I could open my mouth to comment on his response, he said, “Naaah. Just kidding! I don’t make resolutions–they never work out anyway.”
I guess he’d already figured out the futility of making empty promises once a year.It’s the irony of resolutions: without resolve, they don’t work.
I like to make new goals each year, except that I think of them as “themes.” Perhaps they seem a little more ambiguous, hence, attainable that way. Sometimes I’ve assigned “themes” after the fact – a method that guarantees success, because you already know how it turned out – even if the year was a failure. For example, giving a year “The Year of Disappointment” theme usually works better after a dismal year than before you attempted to start it. Trust me on that one. 😉
But this year, I’m giving 2010 the theme of “expectancy.”
And I’m assigning it at the beginning of the year. Gasp!
See, here at Going Beyond Ministries, there is an underlying theme of expectancy that is contagious. I love how Priscilla brings out the power and magnificence of our God in every message and every lesson she gives. She is quick to point out the greatness and awesomeness of the God we serve. And that same God, who rules the universe, made all things and rides on the wings of the wind is at work IN US!
In me. And in you.
I think I’ve been guilty of expecting too little of God’s power in my life. But it’s amazing how once you start looking for His presence and work – you find it everywhere.
Do you have a goal or “theme” for the upcoming year? We’d love to hear about it! What is God doing in your life? What is your vision for 2010? Let’s encourage each other to expect something good.