At a very early age my son decided that making his bed everyday would be a good new year’s resolution.  He kept that resolution not only for that year, but for all the years he lived at home.  However, most of us seem to have the notion that resolutions, like rules, are made to be broken.

Recently I heard someone say that they do not make new year’s resolutions because perfection cannot be improved.  There are others who have what they call a no-fail resolution, such as watching more televised sports, or eating more pizza.  Then there was the guy whose no-fail resolution was to resolve that he would never make another new year’s resolution!

Many years ago I made a new year’s resolution that I have used annually since that time:  I resolve to be the best I can be and do the best I can do with what I have under whatever circumstance I find myself.  I suppose that is my own version of Paul’s Philippians 4:11…for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.  13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

I heard someone say that they don’t know what this year holds, but that it has got to be better than this one.  Well, I would not guarantee that fact.  Turning the page on a calendar does not magically rearrange our life events or circumstances.  What we can do, however, is give ourselves to the sovereign rule of the One who knows what we will face and exactly what we need.  In the words of the Psalmist,

Blessed is the one
who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take
or sit in the company of mockers,
but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,
and who meditates on his law day and night.
That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither—
whatever they do prospers.

For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked leads to destruction.

HAVE A GREAT 2014…Blessings, Steven J Callis


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