An Alternative to the New Year's Resolution

I have a New Year’s tradition that I picked up from a friend in high school. Instead of making New Year’s resolutions, she would ask God for something. For example, one year she asked God to teach her about leadership. The next year, she asked him to teach her servant leadership. It seemed like such a wise way to handle resolutions, because as anyone who has made one knows, they’re difficult to keep. But asking the Lord for something that he wants to give you is like money in the bank. :)

I take my request pretty seriously each year, and I’ve struggled to decide what to ask for in 2014, but now I think I know what it will be. A few weeks ago we watched It’s A Wonderful Life again. In one scene, there’s a plaque on George Bailey’s office wall that says, “All you can take with you is that which you’ve given away”. I couldn’t stop thinking about that phrase, and then on Christmas night we watched Children of Men, a movie with not-so-subtle parallels to the nativity story. What is striking about the story is that the bad guys are always the ones trying to use the baby for their own ends and the good guys are those who give up their own well-being (and usually their lives) for the sake of the baby. 

I’ve been scared to make this request up until now, but I think I’m going to ask God to teach me what it means to give like he gave. 

Yikes. I’m already trembling in my boots.

What about you? Do you make New Year’s resolutions? What do you think about my friend’s idea to ask God for something instead? If so, what’s the one thing you would ask God for this year?

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Posted by Aanna on Friday, December 27th, 2013

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