“Resolutions” … There’s a lot of thought and conversation about them at the beginning of a New Year. The thought about them results in some decisions about health, relationships, personal improvement and other issues related to personal life. The conversation about them sometimes drifts into the cynical, observing that the keeping of resolutions often barely survives the first week of the new year.
Resolutions are admirable – they reflect a desire to change and improve. It is the doing of them that often presents a challenge… The promotional quip of a well-known athletic apparel company seems appropriate for that situation… “Just do it!”
This morning during my time of “coffee with the Lord” I read several of Apostle Paul’s “resolutions” that he had turned into “action” … I decided they were worthy of me embracing and doing… Here they are from Romans 1:8-16 in the Bible…
- Unceasing prayer for others… “Without ceasing I mention you always in my prayers.”
- Using your spiritual gifts to contribute to the spiritual welfare of others… “I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to strengthen you – that is we may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith, both yours and mine.”
- Embracing a sense of obligation to share the gospel with others… “I am under obligation both to Greeks and to barbarians, both to the wise and to the foolish. So I am eager to preach [proclaim, share] the gospel…”
It seems to me these are worthy aspirations that need to be turned into action… There; that’s what needs to happen “Aspirations turned into action – Resolutions becoming results!”