“Go, stand in the temple courts,” he said, “and tell the people all about this new life.” Acts 5:20
Consider this your pre-game speech for a incredible 2015!
Ill admit, I’m somewhat half-hearted when it comes to New Years Resolutions. I enjoy the process of reflecting and dreaming about a new way of doing things. Or developing new habits that fall in line with my values and hopes for myself, my family and my ministry. It’s just when it comes to implementing them…
I complete about half the list…halfway.
Awhile back I read a book by Steven Pressfield, The War of Art. Steven is an author and couldn’t get a second look at his work for a long time. He kept preserving and eventually got published (The Legend of Bagger Vance) and is currently enjoying a great career. He wrote The War of Art as a part of a series of non-fiction about the process of doing creative work. In the book, he writes extensively about something he calls the Resistance. He spends page after page defining the Resistance and it’s a fascinating read.
To sum it up, anytime you have the desire to do something of value for yourself, your family or others, the Resistance is present and working to sabotage your efforts. As I look back on my life or even the most recent day, it’s not hard to see this idea at work. (I know realize that I every time I desire to go to the gym, it’s not just a hilarious internal dialogue, it’s the Resistance that I’m talking to!)
Did you know:
- January 17th is the thought to be the most common day to ditch your new year’s resolutions.
- Most surveys reveal that only 8 – 12% actually succeed in their resolutions.
I wonder why we are so quick to give up?
The Offer is Life!
I find these principles at work in my walk with Christ. Why do I find it so awkward to pray with my wife at times? Why can’t I just get out of bed 30 minutes earlier than usual? This would allow time to be still before my kids wake up and the speeding train of my day takes off. Why do I often have dreams of what God might do with my life or my family only to find that today looks a lot like yesterday? I’m sure you have your share of questions here as well. It’s no wonder Jesus paired these two statements together.
“The thief comes to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full” John 10:10
Make no mistake, Jesus’ offer is a life that is unique, full, and fulfilling! But let’s not be naive, that life is opposed!
Quite frankly, I’m tired of giving in to the Resistance (the Thief) and my prayer is that 2015 is a year marked by my trust of God. That may sound simple, but in my life, I find it’s often a subtle lack of trust in God that derails the transformative work God is doing in my heart and life. The offer of Jesus is life to the full and it is an offer for today as much as it is for the future.
God grant us the grace to fight through the Resistance and trust you more!