New Year's Resolutions...do you make them? Do you keep them? Why do we even have them?
Perhaps it's the crisp air and the feeling of starting over - like getting another life in a video game or hitting the reset button on our calendars. What an amazing feeling to gaze at the 365 blank canvases that stretch out before us through the seasons of nature and the seasons of life in 2011!
Yeah...right. We all know that the only resolution the majority of us keep is the resolution to not make any more resolutions - because they usually go in one Year and out the other (ba-dum chhh!)
We're just not resolute enough for resolutions, as in "characterized by firmness and determination" - don't you think? By nature we are half-hearted creatures wedged into the ruts of our habits and molded into the image of whatever we think the world expects us to be.
That's why I would propose a whole new plan for the New Year. One that offers freedom from the maddening cyclical monotony that drives the deep desire for change, but never quite fulfills it. So rather than a "resolution," would you prayerfully consider a "riskolution"?
What I mean is, rather than resolving to change through your own will power and strength of mind, take a step of faith and offer God 365 opportunities to use you in ways you never would have thought possible...
That's a riskolution!
Trust me, riskolutions are *way* better than the whole silly resolution tradition. In fact, the entire Bible is a chronicle of people no different, better, smarter, or more "spiritual" than you or me, except they took God at His Word:
No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him (1 Corinthians 2:9).
Did you catch that promise? When you stand up and step out in unhindered love for God and unwavering faith that you are the man or woman that God has prepared unimaginable things for, you will have the newest New Year you've ever experienced!
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The 1999 Columbine High School tragedy is still close at heart for many people in the Denver area, but it especially is for Greg Stier, President and Founder of Dare 2 Share Ministries. It was that fateful Tuesday, April 20th, that was the turning point of his career. Following those events, Greg resigned a pastorate at a church in Arvada, Colorado, to pursue Dare 2 Share (D2S) full-time. Since then, D2S has impacted the lives of several hundred thousand teenagers across the country.