My New Year’s Resolutions for 2016:
I hereby resolve to run toward Jesus and away from sin for another year. Give me the grace to stand in your sustaining strength, Christ.
I hereby resolve to make every effort to passionately pursue people who feel far from God. Break my heart for what breaks yours, God.
I hereby resolve to fight for congruency between my insides and my outsides. Make me painfully uncomfortable with duplicity.
I hereby resolve to overcome fear, doubt, and anxiety with the weapon of prayer. May prayer be my first response instead of my last resort.
I hereby resolve to be more generous and less greedy believing it is more blessed to give than to receive. I want a selfless and sacrificial heart.
I hereby resolve to love my wife in a way that makes her feel protected, adored, and strengthened.
I hereby resolve to take care of my body with exercise while feeding it things that will help it help me be all that I want to be. I tired of abusing my body.
I hereby resolve to lead our church into the future with audacious faith and compassionate conviction. To lead with a balance of humility and authority.
I hereby resolve to read a book a month to challenge and sharpen my mind. I want to stay curious and learn new insights.
I hereby resolve to take every thought captive making them obedient to Christ no matter how long that reformation takes.
I hereby resolve to look at life and people through the lens of promise. Not problems to be solved, but possibilities to be unearthed.
I hereby resolve to clean out the daily residue of disappointment, bitterness, and anger with the choice of forgiveness. Forgive as I’ve been forgiven.
I hereby resolve to cherish my daughters and sons…to play with them, protect them, and talk with them instead of speak to them.
I hereby resolve to not let hurt keep me from continuing to dream big and live with imaginative hope.
I hereby resolve to make, have, and keep friends a part of the vital ritual of my daily life…to know and be known by good companions.
I hereby resolve to create things instead of simply copying the things other people create. I was made to create, not simply copy. No shortcuts, God. No copouts.
I hereby resolve to rely afresh on the power of God instead of my own strength. My vigor fades, but the vitality of God gives staying power.
I hereby resolve to rise each day with a “yes” in my spirit and on my lips. “Yes” to God’s bidding and “yes” to daily life that is constantly screaming “no way”.
I hereby resolve to learn new things and to resist the urge to coast. To enjoy the familiar, yes, but to embrace the unknown.
I hereby resolve to live with integrity in obscurity. I want to be faithful in the places I’ll never get rewarded for until I stand before Judge Jesus.
I hereby resolve to give more grace to people who are unlovely, unloved, and seemingly unlovable. Give me uncomfortable and unconditional love, God.
I hereby resolve to be more grateful and joyful despite what I may feel based on circumstantial or emotional evidence. May the joy of the Lord be my strength!
I hereby resolve to make people laugh as much as I possibly can. I don’t want to take life so seriously that I miss the humor and humanity in it all.
I hereby resolve to let people not only see my weaknesses but to know where they come from and why they exist. May vulnerability stay in tact even under attack.
I hereby resolve to not cave in to pre-determinism and fatalism. I want to change the future by creating a new future with my present attitude and actions.
I hereby resolve to let myself fail and make mistakes. I want my life to be filled with daring, caring and sharing…this means I will fall short, but at least I’ll fall forward.
I hereby resolve to soak in the beauty of nature, art, conversations, words, and music as soul-gifts from my Creator.
I hereby resolve to bring the fruits of the Spirit into my home through the conduit of my regenerated human spirit. I want my house to be a home of Shalom.
I hereby resolve to be ok with certain people not liking me for whatever reason. I must not let the disappointing dislike of so few ruin the lavish love of so many.
I hereby resolve to read these resolutions at the beginning of each week as a reminder of what is real regardless of what I feel.
In the strength of Jesus, I commit myself to these resolutions with my whole heart.