……..I like that word, resolved. Resolution. And as I am prone to do, I am contemplating what it means to be resolved. The dictionary defines it as such:
to come to a definite or earnest decision about; determine(to do something): I have resolved that I shall live to the full.
Maybe I am parsing words here, and I probably am, but there seems to be a difference between resolutions and being resolved about something, though both words come from the same origin.
Resolutions, in my mind, are a list of goals–a list of actions–that I hope to accomplish in the next year. Like losing weight. Reading the Bible all the way through. Being more involved in church. All of these are perfectly fine and good resolutions, and my journaling from today includes a mid-size list of resolutions.
But being resolved is a different animal. If I am resolved, then I have come to a definite or earnest decision about something. I am resolved to__________? Fill in that blank and just notice how much stronger that sentence is, than a list of resolutions.
I have a list of resolutions, but only a few things that I am resolved to do in 2012. (determined, settled upon, no turning back). I am resolved to be a better parent by being my “present” in my children’s lives. I am resolved to make time with My Jesus and my God my top priority, before the day. And I am resolved to other things, determined and settled upon them.
I’m reminded of an old, old hymn:
1. I am resolved no longer to linger, Charmed by the world's delight; Things that are higher, things that are nobler, These have allured my sight. 2. I am resolved to go to the Saviour, Leaving my sin and strife; He is the true One, He is the just One, He hath the words of life. 3. I am resolved to follow the Saviour, Faithful and true each day; Heed what He sayeth, do what He willeth, He is the living way. 4. I am resolved to enter the Kingdom, Leaving the paths of sin; Friends may oppose me, foes may beset me, Still will I enter in. Chorus: I will hasten to Him, Hasten so glad and free; Jesus, Greatest, Highest, I will come to Thee.
And in scripture, what a beautiful passage 2 Thessalonians 1:11-12 is; a true picture of being resolved:
11 To this end we always pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling and may fulfill every resolve for good and every work of faith by his power, 12 so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.
I can’t think of a better verse to wrap up the year with. May God make me, make you, worthy of his calling and may He fulfill every RESOLVE for good and every work of faith by his power, so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in me, and in you, and me in Him and you in Him according to the GRACE of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.