I just read my post from when 2009 was new and I quoted some excellent writers and verses (click here if you’d like to read it). But what’s sort of funny is that in talking about setting goals and making resolutions I admit that I am not the strongest resolver. Well, that’s an understatement. I can’t even find my 2009 resolutions! They are on the back page of a book or notebook, that I know, but so far no luck in locating which book. I may have resolved to limit or give up Diet Coke — I hope so. Because that I did! After decades of Diet Coke gluttony, I went cold turkey in October. It’s quite strange to not have empty bottles rolling around my car — that irritating trait has been part of me for so long!
But honestly I’m just not a long-term planner. I thrive on deadlines, not well-laid plans. For example, at Thanksgiving I decided I would read from John to Revelation in the New Testament by the end of the year, and today, one day late, I finished. I need short-term pressure, otherwise I just find a way to procrastinate. So knowing that about myself I’ve tried to build some weekly and monthly accountability into my 2010 resolutions.
Like everyone else there are some things that I need to do in 2010. And there are many things I’d really like to do. But perhaps one of the most important things that followers of Christ can do in starting a New Year right is to remember the wisdom of Paul in Galatians 3.
“Are you so foolish?” Paul asks, “After beginning with the Spirit, are you now trying to attain your goal by human effort?” Galatians 3:3.
I love that whole passage, but especially that verse. It’s so direct, so unambiguous, so unapologetic. It’s like Paul is speaking to me when I read it: “Kristie, are you a buffoon or what? You keep going back to human effort. Do you not know that Jesus said apart from Him you can do nothing?”
So may we “cease striving and know that [He is] God.” Psalm 46:10 (NAS). And may our 2010 be a year of abiding in the true vine, knowing that apart from Him we can do nothing.
From Jude’s salutation, “Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance” this year.