It seems like many times lately I have run across people misusing the term New Year’s resolutions and referring to it as Revolutions. It is usually said in jest of course and it has been used in a recent tv commercial with a child innocently misusing the term. But hearing those two words has gotten me to thinking about them. Are we making resolutions-resolving to make changes in our lives this year with the hopes of positive outcomes? Or–are we starting a revolution-revolting against the things we don’t currently like in our lives and wanting to change them?
Resolutions are always joked about as being those things we decide upon on New Year’s day and before Valentine’s day they have been long forgotten, put away for another time, looked upon as a failure perhaps. We start out with good thoughts and are so sure in our minds that this is the year that we will keep those resolutions! No more failures for us! Oh if only that were true for most of us. I suppose there are some who make resolutions and do stick to them. Not sure I have ever met anyone who has, but I would love to meet them and find out how they did it! Sort of sounds like a miracle to me! 🙂
Now revolutions are another whole thing! or are they? We are revolting or starting a war against those things in our lives that we don’t like–maybe it’s our weight, our health or our finances, or that we spend less time than we should in God’s Word, searching for his guidance in our lives. The list is endless and different for all of us perhaps.
Which is better? Are they the same? Should we revolt against making resolutions and start a revolution within ourselves against those things we dislike about us? Something worth thinking about I believe.
Would love to hear your thoughts about it! Are you resolving or revolting or both or perhaps neither of these things? Please feel free to share. I don’t think there is a wrong answer, but just a different answer for each of us. I wish you the happiest of new years with all the blessings of our Lord Jesus filling your lives.
Romans 15:13 (ESV)
13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.