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Timothy Griffin: Looking Up

New Year's Revolution

(Timothy Griffin)
January 14, 2013

new_year.jpgIt’s that time of year again – two weeks into the New Year, many of the resolutions that people have made are already falling by the wayside.

Folks are fretting because they’re failing in their long-range goals to do things differently -- whether it be healthier diets, new exercise regiments, better communication or better use of time -- to name just a few things.

As 2012 drew to a close and I began thinking about some things I’d like to do differently and/or more effectively in the New Year, I began to think of the definition of resolution. In fact I looked it up and the best definition I found was “a firm decision to do or not to do something.”

As I continued to ponder, it hit me that the problem with resolutions is that many times we resolve to do or not do something, and though what we propose is not bad, we don’t really consort with God on His plans for our lives for a particular year. If we did, many of us would find that His plan for us would be smaller in scope than our plans.  

In essence, many people need a revolutionary change in their resolutionary thinking.  Again, while we have a way of focusing on the big picture, throughout scripture, we find the better focus is on small increments.

In Proverbs 30:7-9, the writer asks the Lord for two things, the second is “give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread.  Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you and say, ‘Who is the Lord?’ Or I may become poor and steal, and so dishonor the name of my God.”

Similarly, the Lord’s Prayer in Matthew 6:11 focuses on seeking our daily bread.  Later in the chapter, in verse 34, Jesus says, “do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself.”

looking_up.jpgWe must trust that God has tomorrow, just like He has today. As I was sitting in a prayer meeting this morning, one of my co-workers said, “God knows something about planning.” While that statement should be ingrained in a Christian’s mindset, it is quite apparent that we often lose sight of not just the magnitude of God’s handiwork, but the minute details of his handiwork. When we stop to think about the details of His plans – it will help us put our lives and plans in proper perspective.

Abraham Lincoln said “give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.”

You might want to lose 30 pounds, but before you can lose 30, you have to lose one. I don’t care what the super diet plan of the month may say, pounds come off one at a time.

Revolutionary thinking on our resolutions will cause us to focus on making changes in our lives one day at a time instead of one year at a time and to do pre-planning sessions with God.

Timothy Griffin serves as a Campus Pastor at Liberty University. The Campus Pastors Office exists to help produce students who have the highest standards of Christian conduct and Biblical principles so that they may reach people for Christ in whatever venue that the Lord may call them.