Maybe years of trying and failing has me jaded, but every year I find myself re-upping on resolutions I made last year. I want to exercise more. I want to read the Bible daily. I want to eat better – and it’s not that I did so much the previous year that I am raising the bar. No, I am returning to the same plateau of yester-year in the crazy hope this year will be different. Get a clue…it won’t.
Time for a new take! I am all for resolve, but wanting to want something is like trying to convince your mouth that cauliflower tastes great. You can’t make yourself want it bad enough to get yourself there. There must be a better way.
Let’s try this – what if you wanted it for someone else?
I have a great family. I work daily with world-changers, people doing amazing things for Jesus both at home and world-wide. They are better when I am at my best. Could wanting the most for them offer a better motivation for achieving a better me?
Consider Jesus. I love the words that came out of his mouth, but how I wish the gospels told us what went on inside of his head. His prayers hold a glimpse, for sure, but what was going on inside Jesus’ heart and head as he taught? He said some very tough things that had to be hard for him to say because he, of all people, knew the impact of his words.
If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even their own life—such a person cannot be my disciple. – Luke 14:26
Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. – Matthew 16:24
I wonder – Jesus followed through, he said what needed to be said – because he was doing it for us. Jesus is someone completely unconsumed by himself, a person entirely devoted to honoring others. He sets the example for this life, and calls us to be the same. Maybe the key to being holy is not so much to want it for yourself, but to seek it so that God and others can be their most.
So this year, 2015, is about kingdom. How can I make others their best? I may fail, but if I do….
I can always make a resolution next year.
(happy 2015! if you found Jesus in this please share, and make something amazing happen this year in His name!)