I hate them. New Year’s Resolutions. You know, those annual “I’m going to live different this year” notions we all come up with.
By mid-February they’ve been forgotten as we trudge through life and reality has set in. Might I suggest a different approach to resolutions this year?
How about Old Year’s Resolutions?
By that I mean – when you are old, when the journey of this life is nearing completion, when it’s all said and done – what will you have lived for? What will you have accomplished? What will people say about you? Seems like ending well is more important than beginning well. Plenty of people start well in life but very few end well. But isn’t that what matters most?
In a letter to the first-century church of Corinth, the apostle Paul said it this way: “Run in such a way as to get the prize.”
The prize Paul speaks of is heaven and life with God forever. But this comes after a life well-lived in this world. Our focus is not just on today, but on tomorrow and who we are ultimately becoming.
The apostle Paul would have had Jesus Christ in mind as the ultimate example of this. He was God-in-the-flesh, born into our world, who lived and walked the same sod we tread, and ultimately gave himself up to demonstrate God’s amazing love for us, his children.
No doubt about it: Jesus finished well. He had a resolution to finish strong at the end of his life. And, of course, that impacted the way he lived life every single day.
So if you have to, go ahead and make New Year’s Resolutions. But don’t neglect Old Year’s Resolutions. They are what you will ultimately be remembered for. And may God bless you and yours as you begin this New Year!