We risk quietly rescinding our resolutions.
You probably noticed the local gym is near capacity, conversations focus on new habits, and the new year continues to sweep us along with the tide of new possibilities. All of this rocks. We need the new. If you are like me, however, the old sticks and along about day three of the new year those old habits start to shout a little louder. We discover that the reason we need to lose five pounds is because we like potato chips and buffalo wings, and the truth is one of those is going to have to go. Without diligence, we risk our resolutions fading quietly away.
Truth is any change requires drastic action. Our computer friends may have a term that is good for us here – hack – we have to hack into who we are. Usually we have written a code for how we live and we have to break in and rewrite the way we live to achieve what we want to do. The problem is the old rarely wants to go away and a struggle breaks out as to who we are going to be.
In working with organizations, I find they act exactly the same way. A leader or group may want to do something new, but there are always reasons they are performing as they do. The new has not taken hold because of old rules within and those ways of being will start to shout in order to hold on in some way. Change requires the drastic.
For Christians, our faith was literally born out of God’s desire to hack into our world. In Jesus, God hacked our world by becoming one of us and living in our world all in an effort to rewrite the way we live. When it comes to us, Jesus literally has been there. He knows what it is like – hunger, temptation, evil, having plenty and little. Jesus knows the drill. He knows we need to change our way of living because he has seen it firsthand and in his instruction to love God and neighbor he gives us the new code we need.
As we move into the New Year a little further, maybe we should ask if our resolutions are drastic enough? Are they real change or hopes for change? Until our resolutions hack deep enough to change us in fundamental ways our resolutions may say much but solve little. As usual, Jesus is here to push us to the point of real change. Jesus said, for example…
Do not make long promises with your words for you cannot make even one hair white or black. All you need to say is simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one – Matthew 5:36-37
You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven – Matthew 5:44-45
Let these words hack into you. When they do He can then rewrite us into who we need to be.
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