What If We Took A Different Approach To Resolutions

My January Yoga class roster was nestled in my mailbox at the Y. For the past 10 years, the January roster is filled with new names. Names that disappear in February.

I don’t think I’ve heard as much about New Years Resolutions as usual in general. Are people tired of them?

There was not one new name on the list. And only one new person showed up Tuesday.

Are we getting tired of the ever-cheerful, enthusiastic, goal-setting gurus?

Maybe instead of Proverbs in January (I read chapter 4 today, good thoughts there), we should look at the path laid out in Romans.

We are all sinners–>God offers us grace–>we accept–>we proceed to study and practice how to live.

John Fischer is exploring what church would be like if we adopted the AA 12-step model.

“I’m Gary, and I’m a sinner.”

“Hi Gary. Tell us your story.”

“I have now lived a year in grace, but this week I struggled with a sin.”

We are here to help you find grace today and stop living a sinful life (i.e., stay sober).

Dallas Willard pointed out years ago that church was the hardest place to practice that.

Back to the new year. What if we began the year realizing where we actually are. Then we see a path and seek help. Then we practice daily.

Maybe the first resolution comes from Proverbs 4:

Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.

And add

Let your eyes look directly forward, and your gaze be straight before you.

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