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With the closing of the chapter that was 2012, and the promise of new beginnings that always come with the New Year, you don’t have to look far to see plans being laid and resolutions made. I love the excitement that comes this time of year as people around the world prepare for the “re-start” button. Whatever happened in the previous year, we all carry with us the idea that we can do better this next year.
When You think about it, that’s really all Resolutions are, the things we want to improve in our lives. We want to be better at being charitable, better at staying in shape, better at saving. But by the end of the year, we lose interest, or we lose motivation, or circumstances change in our lives, and for the vast majority of us, our resolutions fail to come to fruition.
I love the word Resolve, but I hate the term resolution. Resolution, to me, has come to be associated with failure. But Resolve, that’s something you set your mind to do with all your power.
When I was in college at Liberty University, I was on the Debate Team, and this is one of the first images that comes to mind when it comes to the word Resolve. Every Year the Cross Examination Debate Association (CEDA) and National Debate Tournament give a set of resolutions that are to be debated, but when it comes time for the actual debate, you Resolve to do something.
It’s a small difference in the word, but it illustrates to me the difference between something you would like to do and something you are actually doing. This is what I love.
I’m a firm believer that things get done better when you have others supporting you, and that’s one of the reasons we started our Facebook Communities. I’d love for Youth Pastors to share our big changes we hope to see accomplished in the comments of this post, and then throughout the year, those who comment will help each other succeed in these things we Resolve to do.
So what is it that you Resolve to do in 2013?
Whatever it is, we’d love for you to share it and let’s keep each other focused with resolve this year.