Resolution: Follow Up
January 2, 2018 | Timothy Peace
My son, don’t forget my instruction. Let your heart guard my commands, because they will help you live a long time and provide you with well-being. Don’t let loyalty and faithfulness leave you. Bind them on your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart. Then you will find favor and approval in the eyes of God and humanity. Trust in the Lord with all your heart; don’t rely on your own intelligence. Know him in all your paths, and he will keep your ways straight. - PROVERBS 3:1-6 CEB
Last Sunday, we discovered that the path of growth in our relationship with God is paved with the single steps of obedience that we have an opportunity to take every single day.
For most of us, taking such singular steps is easier said than done.
This is why we love the grand gestures and bold proclamations we make in our New Year’s resolutions. Because often we want the silver bullet to fix whatever is ailing in our lives. We think that if we take the giant leap forward, we’ll somehow surpass any and all stumbling blocks that would trip us up and knock us off the path toward our big goals.
I’m a perfectionist. Being a perfectionist and making bold declarations is not a good thing. Very often, I’ll set on a course to achieve something and, in mind, I build up a streak. Maybe I’ve exercised 45 days straight. Perhaps I’ve studied for 30 days straight. I feel like I’m on a roll. And then, imperfection strikes. I miss a day. The streak ends. Then, I feel like I’ve failed and the only way to move forward is to start over. Starting over is draining, and then a new streak begins: consecutive days stuck making no strides at all.
Perfectionists like me, love control and struggle to trust anyone or anything outside of ourselves. The passage in Proverbs calls us not only to follow God’s ways but to trust in Him and lean on Him to get us there.
This year, I’m resolving to grow in wisdom and stature by taking it one moment at a time. This won’t be easy. It’ll require trust. It’ll require grace. It’ll require letting go of control. And it’ll require a focus on God and a focus on wherever He places me in the present moment.
I encourage you to do the same.