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 humanness 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.
If you and I walk out into a field with our rifles 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 tree, marked off fifteen or twenty yards, then we will soon have no doubt who the better shot is. Why? Because we now not only have a standard, but the means to mark results.
Without a vision, the people perish . . . —Proverbs 29:18a KJV
What do you think God’s vision is for your life throughout 2012? He does have a vision for you, you know. He has the plan. What changes does He have for your marriage? As a father? Extended family? In your work? Your play? Church? Friendships? As a steward?
When was the last time you sat down in the quiet and asked God what He wanted for your life? What if you gave up on some things and handed Him the wheel? 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 I’m oversimplifying it, but try this as you roll into 2012—this 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—Come Hell or high water, go 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, gentlemen. Let’s make it count!