What’s in a “Resolution”?

resolutions3Did you make any? … “New Year’s Resolutions” … We all have, at least once in our lives … But what do they mean … really?

Of the dozen definitions for the word, “resolution,” four stand out:

  1. The state or quality of being resolute; having firm determination.
  2. In physics & chemistry, the process of separating or reducing something into its constituent parts.
  3. In photography, the sharpness of detail in an image.
  4. In medicine, the subsiding or termination of an abnormal condition.

What do all these definitions mean for us as followers of Jesus? Can we translate these into practical steps for growing our spiritual life in Christ?

Borrowing from these four definitions, here’s a priority “resolution” to make and keep in 2017. Write your name in the blank space.

I,                                              , determine to grow in Christ this new year by carefully exploring the varied, individual books of the Bible, all the while focusing sharply on the Person and work of Jesus Christ, in order to become more like Him and less affected by my sinful past.

Shalom!

~ tr

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