I resolve not to resolve

I am not generally one for New Year’s resolutions, they usually get broken anyway. Plus anything worth making a New Year’s Resolution about is worth making a part of your life year round.

 

If I was a resolution maker one of the resolutions certainly would be to read my Bible more, understand it better and live it faithfully. But I am not so hang with me here.

 

This is something that I try to do daily but it is hard isn’t it? It is intimidating even before I open my Bible. I am a super-duper excuse maker; quite good at it I am told.

 

I’m tired, I’m busy, it’s boring, it’s too big, I don’t know where to start, I already know what it says, I hear it at church, or the best of all, I cannot understand it. I have probably said them all and I know I have heard them all and many more from others.

 

“I’m tired and I’m busy”. Yes, we live in a busy world and busy makes for tired. However, we always have time to eat and sleep. We never seem to lack the time to get on Facebook, watch movies, go fishing, camping, and motorcycle riding (sorry). We always find time for the things that are important to us, or the things we have fun doing.

 

“I don’t know where to start”, start at the beginning, in the middle, start right where a reading plan tells you to. I don’t think where you start reading your bible matters as much as when and if you start reading your bible.

 

“I already know what it says, I hear it at church” Yep but going to church for an hour a week will NEVER replace  reading and studying it for yourself, no matter how you try to spin it. After buying the newest, glitziest  handi-dandi gadget or the latest technology do you go home, put it together and use it as it was supposed to be used without reading the instructions (men please don’t answer this).

 

Then the excuse that is the granddaddy of them all, “I could never understand the Bible, it is ancient, irrelevant, confusing and over my head.  So I am not even going to try. I am going to give up before I crack a cover. Well, all I can say to this one is God has addressed it directly and it really leaves us very little wiggle room. Psalm 119:130 makes it pretty plain. 130 The unfolding of your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple.

If we dig in the Bible and unfold the words God has given us, we will understand. Our eyes will be opened and our mind illuminated as soon as we dig into the Bible.

I know it hurts to be called simple but seriously, think about it, when you read the above paragraph, you agreed (you know you did) that “not understanding” is a viable excuse to get out of reading your bible. God is simply telling us to come to Him as we are and He will provide us with the understanding we need.

 

Pretty cool huh!

 

Dottie

 

…………………….and so I ride

Let’s Try Something New This Year

Isaiah 43:19

For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will  make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.

Here we are again, at the start of a new year, a new beginning, a fresh start. I am determined to make this year different, starting with resolutions. I don’t want to make a resolution, follow it for two weeks and go back to the same old stuff that wasn’t working.

There has got to be a better way, there has got to be some great secret to making lasting changes, changes that can transform a life. I am pretty sure  that it does not involve breaking the Rankin bank, buying all the latest, greatest, easiest and “guaranteed” to transform your life gadgets.  I am pretty sure that it also doesn’t mean to focus on one earthly area exclusively and letting all other areas of our lives fall by the wayside.

Don’t get me wrong, we all make resolutions and make them with the best of intentions. But the mistake we make is to try to make those resolutions work under our own power. I know, we can and do get places under our own power………………..but usually only for awhile and only to a certain degree.

How do we know what God has in store for us unless we trust Him enough to give Him the chance to do it?

Maybe a better way to do it would be to make our resolutions and then turn them over to God, tap into the power He can provide to transform us.

It seems like when it comes right down to it, healthy or unhealthy living comes down to desire and the fact our lives revolve around those things we  desire. In fact our desires can get us in a bit of hot water now and again, depending on what it is we are lusting after.

The things we desire come in all shapes and sizes, money, food, alcohol, power, control, career, keeping up  with the jones, having the most, the biggest and the best.

What I failed to realize is that my focus in on the wrong desire. I asked God to give me an all consuming and overwhelming desire to be healthy. Healthy #1 Spiritually #2 Mentally#3 Physically

I truly believe that if I focus my attention 100% on seeking God that the rest will fall into place. It might not fall into place as easily or as quickly  as I want it to but it will fall into place just as God has planned it to.

I need the desire to be more than lukewarm, I don’t want it to be a feeling of “I want to be healthy but I’ll do it my way” We all know how that works out for us. I need this desire to be a powerful desire, a desire that comes from my heart and is governed by and powered through  my Almighty God.

I know I am on a spiritual journey and as with any journey, it is easy to get sidetracked. It is called a rabbit chase in a bible study I attend. But the bottom line is I am tired of compromising and settling for second best, I am tired of not being comfortable in my own skin. I want my spiritual journey to lead me exactly where God wants me to end up, therefore in this spiritual journey I have to make sensible and realistic choices.

I do believe with my whole heart that God has a plan for each of us, a plan of great detail from beginning to end.

I do believe that if our number one desire is for God that the rest will fall into place as it is supposed to and by shifting our focus to God, we can have all we desire.

Happy 2014 my friends!

Dottie

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