Posted by: Heather | February 17, 2010

Resolution or Transformation?

One of my biggest struggles has always been with my weight.  Although that has been my personal struggle, everyone has things they face on a daily basis and need to overcome.   I wrote this at the beginning of this year when it was time to make ‘New Year’s Resolutions’.  But, the Lord quickly showed me that resolution wasn’t what I needed…I needed transformation!  So, this is my assignment for 2010:  to be transformed by God in this area, as well as many others.  I hope this blesses you!

Prov 3:5-6  Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.  (NIV)

As each old year passes into the new, we begin to dream about the potential available to us in the upcoming year.  We tend to see the endless train of things we’d like to change about ourselves.   Suddenly at the beginning of each year, we feel eager and strong enough to tackle and deal with these issues…hence the resolutions that abound in January.   At the beginning, determination keeps us strong, and we hold on for awhile.  But, as time goes on, our resolve begins to go by the wayside.  By December, we look back to see ourselves in the same condition we entered the year in.   Maybe our attitudes or habits didn’t change at all.

I’d like to present you with the idea that it may be we’ve kept walking in the same circle around the same mountain for years because our thinking is incorrect.   What could possibly be wrong with making some firm decisions about changes that need to be made in our lives?   At its core, the desire to change isn’t wrong.  But I truly believe that instead of resolution, we need transformation!

To make a resolution (resolve) means ‘to reach a firm decision about’.  To make a decision is a good thing.  But, in making resolutions, we try to put outward pressure on ourselves to conform to a new way of thinking or doing.  The things we’re trying to do may be good, but we put the ‘cart before the horse’.

Transformation, on the other hand, means ‘to change in composition or structure, or to change in character or condition’.  This means our very innermost being can be changed to something totally different than it was!  This is not just outward pressure, as in making a resolution with our minds.  As we call on Jesus to wash us, to rework us, and mold us into His image, the pressure is created on the spiritual man inside, which in turn works its way through the emotions and even to the physical body.

In other words, our greatest need is not to immediately change our attitudes, or lay down a bad habit.  Those things are important to do in the long run for our spiritual and physical health.   But instead of trying to make it work from the outside in, we should be doing everything we can to strengthen our inner, spiritual man, so our pure and total heart’s desire will be to please Him.  Then, when He begins to convict us of the things that need changing, we will be much less hesitant to do it.  We’ll have a greater desire to do anything He asks in order to deepen our relationship with Him.

Be blessed and move forward into the rest of this year!

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  1. Just want to say thank you & that I will be making your blog a regular site for me to go.


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