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New Years Resolutions?

res·o·lu·tion noun \ˌre-zə-ˈlü-shən\
1. the act of finding an answer or solution to a conflict, problem, etc. : the act of resolving

2.the ability of a device to show an image clearly and with a lot of detail

As a wordsmith, as I often call myself, I love to pick words and phrases apart. I was asked Christmas Day if I had any New Year’s resolutions. It’s widely known that I am a firm believer in the tradition of making New Year’s resolutions. I have always shied away from making wild and unattainable goals for myself. I consider myself a realist. Because of this, I believe many times I have underestimated what God can really do in my life if my will and His will for me are one. Working beside him as a young child my father taught me about the building process. As we were laying the foundation for a home I ask him why we laid so much rebar and steel mesh on the floor and in the walls. My father said, “Son, concrete is a strong and sturdy element of any foundation for a home. But it’s easily broken by itself. The steel that we place in the form of bars within the concrete is very flexible and will bend into many shapes but will never break. But when you wrap the strength of the concrete around the flexibility of the steel you create a structure that can withstand a lot of pressure.” In the same way, when I wrap my will around God’s will, it forms a structure that can withstand much more of the pressures of this life. So what am I saying?
Year after year many of us make New Year’s resolutions that involve trying harder, buckling down and finally doing the things that we think will fix the problems in our lives. And year after year we fail. Why?
I think the answer lies in the correct definition of the word “resolution”.
We try re-solution. We retry the same solution over and over and are somehow surprised when we don’t see success. The same solution tried again and again will always reap the same failure. Maybe we should rethink our definition of resolution this year. Maybe we should try something new; look at it a different way. Which brings me to the second definition of resolution.

2. : the ability to show an image clearly and with a lot of detail

This year, why not ask God to give you a clearer image of where you stand on the issues of your life. Ask him to refine and renew our minds and give us more detail to our problems.

As a man thinks, so he is.

We will never change our behavior until we change our minds. So this year I’m asking God to refine my mind’s resolutions. To give me His perspective; His detailed answers to the complex problems I face. And this year I’m asking that my Savior, not merely resolve something I thought I solved last year, but to make all things new. He’s kind of in that business.
Happy New Year!


#Hate Trending

I rarely comment on national controversies, but the recent volume of hatred that I see on the web and media seems to be growing exponentially and there is just one perspective that I have not seen articulated.

Ephesians 6:12
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

Paul is clearly telling us that we have an enemy, but this enemy is not made of flesh and blood so it so it stands to reason he cannot be one of our neighbors. He has no race, color, or nationality. Yes, I am a conspiracy theorist. Evil forces are manipulating what they can and it is being orchestrated and he is doing a great job stirring up dissent and hatred.

Yes’ the media perpetuates this anger by advertising for and putting a spotlight on only those who create these problems.
It’s also true that many so-called activists profit off of tragedies like those that have occurred recently and many of us are all too willing to join in with the “dividers” and their inflammatory rhetoric. For many Christians, it would be very tempting to “pick a side” in these battles but maybe there’s another way.

Maybe we, as ambassadors of God’s kingdom, should simply speak words of encouragement, reconciliation and forgiveness in the midst of all of this turmoil. We should turn our backs on all hate and not give it a voice. We should only “retweet” or “share” voices for positive change and simply shout these messages louder than the haters.
“Bless those who curse you…”
“All who take up the sword will perish by the sword” even if the sword is a pen or a keyboard.
I, for one intend to go and love people in the next few weeks like never before; to make the effort to show a greater respect to all those around me and try to be a light in a dark world. I don’t always remember to act this way, but God has brought this conviction in my life at this time. I just felt I needed to pay it forward.
Maybe we can start a new trend.


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