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Resolution Revolution

I refuse!! I refuse to make any resolutions this year!  I will not expose myself to the public shame of my imminent failure for whatever I may falsely proclaim to be willing to accomplish. I will not promise to lose 50 pounds this year. I will not make any claims to stay on time with my sermons this year. I cannot guarantee I will always have the willpower to take my dogs for a walk every single day.  There is no way I am about to utter the incomprehensible task of attempting to clean out my garage.

But I will do this…. I will quit drinking!  I will quit smoking! I will stop gambling!! I will enjoy my job!.....

Resolutions. Doesn’t really count if you’re already doing them, does it?  For the record, I don’t drink, never have.  I don’t smoke, never tried it. I don’t gamble, never bought a lottery ticket in my entire life. And I’m sure you know the saying, “If you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life.”   You get my point, and I’m sure you can fill in the blank with your own personal list of already accomplished goals.

I don’t want to set tangible goals that often lead to failure because they are centered on me.  I want something more.  I don’t want accountability from my peers because most of them are just as guilty of failing as I am.

What I want is something more. Something meaningful. Something long lasting. Something that doesn’t settle for a checklist of accomplishments, but longs for more.

I want more of Jesus. The real struggle is making room for more of Him.  It’s not like a house where I can just buy a bigger one because I have too much stuff. Nor is it like a storage unit with a monthly contract. I don’t want more of Jesus only to put Him in a box on a shelf.

This is me. I come in one size (although at times, it is more “stretchy” than I wish it was). I can’t add space for Jesus, so I have to get rid of some things to make more room for Him.

This isn’t a resolution, but more of a realization.  I will never get better by adding to my life but rather by letting Him take things away from me I didn’t know I didn’t need.

So, here is my prayer (borrowed from an old song): "Holy fire, burn away my desire for anything that is not of You and is of me. I want more of You and less of me. Empty me. Fill me with You, Lord. Fill me with You!"

Ephesians 3:14-19 - For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

- Pete Ramsey