Life is a marble cake — with joy and sadness all mixed in to the batter, to make the pattern of our days. –Jennifer Dukes Lee
Anyone who compares life to cake has my attention. I loved this post by Jennifer Dukes Lee. She sets us straight when it comes to New Year’s pesky resolutions.
February crept up on me. I forgot about resolutions. Conveniently. Too late now, right? I’m done with deciding I WILL BE DIFFERENT. I WILL NO LONGER… I WILL NEVER DO….AGAIN (NEVER.) I WILL NOT ONLY DO THAT…I WILL LOSE 12 lbs. AND NEVER FIND THEM AGAIN (EVER.)
In a moment of weakness, I did tell our girls that I am DONE OFFERING UNASKED-FOR ADVICE.
It lasted almost an hour. Don’t they look like they need advice? Mine, in particular?
Classic. Oh, well. I tried.
Resolutions and I don’t get along. Why say I will do (or undo) something in one year that may take ten? When it comes to setting resolutions, I prefer God’s view of time, i.e., “one day is like a thousand years.” (II Peter 3:8)
I could make a change if I had a thousand years. Maybe.
Lee’s post calls us back to the truth of God’s resolutions in and for us:
There’s a better way to a new you. It doesn’t begin with a list of promises you’ve made to yourself, but a list of promises already fulfilled for you. For you!
God made the resolution — to save a weary world — and He kept it. He’s the only God who keeps His promises, and then doesn’t require you to add to it — only to RECEIVE it…
(Wow. I love that. God made a resolution to save a weary world. And He kept it.)
You have already been equipped for the good works God has for you in 2015. These are good works designed with you in mind, not “good works” that the enemy might use as a scorecard to prove that you’ve failed again.
…laws and resolutions can’t make you good. You are good, because you are God’s. And because you are God’s, you are being changed in ways that you can’t measure on your bathroom scale…
Make your plans, but hold them loosely. The possibilities for your one beautiful life are limited only by the size of your God, who has great plans for you and has already resolved to carry you through them. (Read the rest of Jennifer’s encouraging words over at her site here.)
You are good because you are God’s. Now that’s something to take to the bank. Take a moment to measure: What size is your God?
Okay, 2015 – I’ll give it a go…
Resolution #1: Don’t give unasked-for-advice to the girls.
Simple. Keep my mouth shut and pray hard.
As my wise sister-in-law, Karen told me: “When the kids are little, talk to them about the Lord; when they are big, talk to the Lord about them!”
When I fail, keep short accounts. (Sorry, Bonnie, I shouldn’t have said that. Oops, Beth – ya, I know I already told you that. Whoops, please forgive me, Mary – I realize you probably didn’t want that input.) A tricky tightrope we walk as parents of (sort-of) adult children…
Resolution #2: Receive God’s promise that He loves me, made me good, and has His work for me all figured out.
Simple. Keep my hands open. It’s a gift. He’s a gift. One to open every day.
When I fail, I’ll remember the prophet’s words in Lamentations 3: 23,24 —
His great love is new every morning.
Lord, how faithful you are!
I say to myself, “The Lord is everything* I will ever need.
So I will put my hope in him.”
*Everything. My word for 2015. What’s yours, btw? Have you chosen one? It’s only February. You’ve got time. Maybe a thousand years.
The possibilities for your one beautiful life are limited only by the size of your God,
who has great plans for you and has already resolved to carry you through them.
Amen. Amen. Amen. Thanks, Jennifer.