And God saw that it was good. (Genesis 1:12, 18, 21, 25)
Relate: This is the time of year when those new, New Year’s Resolutions come into effect. Maybe that’s a big thing for you. Maybe not. For me its huge. I love the ability to start new. I love the chance to start fresh that comes around once a year.
Normally, I take quite a bit of time in the week between Christmas taking stock of how I have done on the previous years resolutions. I also spend a lot of time in prayer and reflection setting goals for what I would like to accomplish in the new year. Honestly, in that week I’m a bit of a loner and no other work seems to be getting done. I take my resolutions that seriously.
Sad thing is, each year I end up failing in nearly every new resolution. When push comes to shove, I tend to fall short. For example, I had a goal to read a hundred books in 2015. I failed. I made it a resolution to begin making Bible memorization a part of my daily devotional time. I failed. I wanted to walk out Paul’s first missionary journey. Didn’t happen. These are just a few of my resolutions for 2015. The only one I did manage to keep was my resolution to move to Turkey.
React: In Genesis chapter 1, four times before we get to the sixth day of Creation we hear the phrase, “And God saw that it was good.” Four times, while the process of Creation is still happening, God Himself steps back, admires His handiwork to that point, and celebrates the process.
No. I didn’t manage to read 100 books. But I did read ninety-two and I would stack the quality and calibre of those books against any of the years I did manage to hit a hundred. I have learned a lot from what I have read. I’ve been stretched. I’ve enjoyed it. I failed in my resolution, but what was accomplished… it is good.
No. I haven’t managed to make memorization a daily part of my morning routine. However, I have rememorized Hebrews, I Peter, and II Peter which I first did in high school and the book of James which I memorized in college. In addition to that, I have memorized for the first time Philemon, I John, and will soon have Titus under my belt. I failed in my resolution, but what I accomplished… it is good.
No. I didn’t manage to walk Paul’s missionary journey. I had the entire journey mapped out. I had daily goals all set, and my bag was packed. Then, three days in I sprained my ankle. I only ended up walking about 12% of my planned journey, but I walked further in those three days than I ever had in one setting. Those three days alone, on the trail, with my pain and my God… it is good.
So what were some of your resolutions from 2015? Even if you have failed, how has the attempt made you a better person today? What are some of your resolutions for 2016? How can you measure and celebrate your successes along the way?
God, I am so thankful that the perfection You have called me to cannot be accomplished by my own efforts. Even as I dream impossible dreams for 2016, I understand that my strength is only in You. My victories come only through You. Don’t let me settle for easily accomplishable goals. Let me strive for the impossible. Then help me to rest and celebrate the victories that will come even should perfect attainment be beyond my reach.