New Year's Resolutions

New Year’s always guarantees two things: unending weight loss ads and talk of resolutions. Not revolution, but resolution. Let’s think about the word “resolution” for a second. It has lost its original meaning and now has a connotation of how it sounds. Re-solution. A recycled solution. A solution that didn’t work before, maybe many times before, so we’re going to make another run at it. Then our humanity sets in . . . again.
I am a firm believer in goals. I’m not talking about, “I want to make a million before the year is out,” unless of course, you have three-quarters of a million in the bank already and you’re in pro sports. I’m talking about challenging, yet realistic goals. Faith-filled, God-honoring, life-changing goals.
Because of a mega-movie this past year, archery is a huge sport again. If you and I walk out into a field with our bows and arrows and I say, “I bet I’m a better shot than you. Let’s start shooting and see who can hit something.” Of course, that would be ridiculous, but don’t we often approach life exactly like that? Now, if I said, “I think I’m a better shot than you.” Then, I put up a target with a bulls-eye on a hay bale, marked off fifteen or twenty yards, then we will soon have no doubt who the better archer is. Why? Because we now not only have a standard, but the means to measure results.

Without a vision, the people perish . . . —Proverbs 29:18a KJV

What do you think God’s vision is for your life and ministry throughout this coming year? He does have a vision for you, you know. He has the plan. For you and your ministry. What changes does He have in store for you?
When was the last time you sat down in the quiet and asked God what He wanted for your life? For your ministry? What if you took a day or even a few hours of personal retreat and solitude to hear from Him? What if you truly handed Him full control of your life? What would happen? What could happen? Listen to Jesus’ words . . .

"Here's what I want you to do: Find a quiet, secluded place so you won't be tempted to role-play before God. Just be there as simply and honestly as you can manage.
The focus will shift from you to God, and you will begin to sense his grace.

—Matthew 6:6 MSG

Maybe this is an oversimplification, but try this as you roll into this next year—another brand new year:

1—Get with God. Hear His heart, His plan, for you. (Put up the target.)
2—Set your goals based on what you hear Him say. (Aim for the target.)
3—Next, go full force after that vision. (Pull the trigger.)
4—If things start to go wrong (you miss), repeat steps 1-3.

This is your Father you are dealing with, and he knows better than you what you need. —Matthew 6:8 MSG

Happy New Year from the Student Discipleship Ministries staff!