No, it’s not a typo, I’ve been thinking about starting some New Year’s Revolutions rather than listing a bunch of New Year’s Resolutions for 2011.
Why the change? I’ll try to explain.
Part of the definition for a resolution is: “A firm decision to do or not to do something.” While that sounds good and noble, I think it’s too passive. Year after year we all have made our little list, or lists, of what we’re going to work on, include or leave out, give up or start, accomplish, better ourselves in, improve etc. then a month or two into the new year, if that long, we’ve already blown it. I’ve done it and you’ve done it and quite frankly, it gets old. I don’t know about you but I stink at keeping my New Year’s Resolutions. So, I thought, how about a revolution?
Part of the definition for a revolution is: “A dramatic and wide-reaching change in the way something works or is organized, or in people’s ideas about it.”
I LOVE the active, aggressive idea of the first part of that definition. “A change in the way something works or is organized,” coupled with “dramatic” and “wide-reaching” sounds much more attractive to me than a resolution. For 2011 I want some real and lasting change in my life so thus begins my New Year’s Revolutions!
I also like the idea of a revolution rather than a resolution because to me a revolution can be an ongoing process, not just a one time statement of what I intend to do or not do.
Another key part of the definition for the word revolution is: “A forcible overthrow…in favor of a new system.” There are things in my life that definitely NEED to be overthrown and replaced by something new. For example:
The way I think. Romans 12:2 says, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” (NIV)
The way I act. Galatians 6:8 says, “Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.”
The way I treat others. John 13:34-35 says, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
The importance I place on the position and preeminence of Jesus Christ. Hebrews 1:3-4 “3 And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power. When He had made purification of sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high; 4 having become as much better than the angels, as He has inherited a more excellent name than they.”
And the list does go on and on. Part of my prayer for 2011 is that God would do a transforming work in my life and show me other areas in my life where I need a revolution!
Sure, I’ll make a To-Do List and set forth some personal goals for 2011 too, but above those kinds of lists, I want to start some revolutions in my life that will have a lasting impact for Jesus Christ and His Kingdom.
I pray you’ll have a Christ-filled New Year and pray about starting your own New Year’s Revolutions!