Resolutions and Grace… Can they co-exist?

It has been awhile since I had the time to put up a post, but I am excited to get back in the swing now that the holidays are over. At no other time of the year is the tyranny of the urgent versus the important more real than during the busy Christmas season.  Then just a week later we plunge into a few more days of festivities and, of course, a new year.

Many of us make resolutions during this time of year…  I want to present a concept you may not have thought of about making resolutions in this post.

The first definition in the dictionary for resolution is: “a firm decision to do or not to do something”. This is the possibly the only definition you have ever thought about when making resolutions, whether it be for a new year or a new season of life or just because a change is needed. It connotes making commitments, pledges and/or promise and being resolved to see them through. I believe that is why we grow weary of making resolutions based on this definition… There is no room for failure! It is up to us and only us to see to it that the resolutions come to fruition.

The second definition for resolution is more introspective and offers some grace to the resolver: “the action of solving a problem, dispute, or contentious matter”. Some concepts that go with this definition are to find/bring solutions, settlement or a conclusion to or for something. It gives room for planning, assessment and re-assessment.

As I read the Bible and study its precepts along with praying for God’s insight, wisdom and guidance… I am convicted of situations/attitudes/thoughts in my life that I need to resolve to change – through the strength of the LORD! I am so thankful it isn’t up to me to make it happen, and I am not going at it alone. It is the Lord and I…  I can lean against Him in full confidence that His guidance and strength will bring the resolution to fruition.

I mentioned that the second definition offers some grace to the resolver. A pledge or a promise don’t give any room for faltering, mistakes or do-overs. But, praise God, finding solutions, a settlement or a conclusion, requires time – and thus times of reflection, evaluation, re-evaluation and ongoing trust in the Lord to see the process through.

So, have I made any recent resolutions? Yes, but what a difference to find myself resting in the grace of the Lord to see the resolution come to completion… instead of getting to the end of the day and beating myself up that I have once again messed up on a resolution that I was relying on my own strength to fulfill.

I am so thankful that resolutions and grace CAN co-exist because I am trusting in the Lord to see the results.