My Resolution

Happy New Year! It's hard to believe that 2018 is now just a memory and we are already two days into 2019. We're probably far enough into the new year that you've already failed at some of your resolutions. Which, talking about resolutions, when did that become a thing? According to History.com, the Babylonians started it somewhere around 4,000 years ago. Their new year, which began when they planted their crops in March, was a time of celebration, reaffirming their loyalty to their king and promising the gods that they would repay their debts and return any objects they borrowed. The Romans picked up the tradition when Julias Caesar created the calendar we now have around 46 BC, and January 1 became a time to offer sacrifices to their god Janus and promise good behavior for the coming year. Christians picked up the practice of welcoming the new year with a look back at the mistakes of the previous year and resolving to do and be better in the future.

When I think about resolutions, my mind goes to several passages of scripture where people resolved to do things. I think of Daniel purposing in his heart not to defile himself, or Paul deciding to know nothing but Christ and Him crucified. I remember Joseph, who wouldn't sin against God by taking Potiphar's wife for himself, or Jesus Himself who said, "Not my will, but Thine be done." But the one that seems most applicable to me right now is found in Paul's epistle to the Philippians: "Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 3:13, 14). May this be our one resolution as we move into 2019. Let's forget those things which are behind, reach toward those things which are ahead, and press ever onward toward the prize.