It’s less than one week into the New Year. And have I got some interesting tweets to share with you after a quick search for #resolutionfail.
“Started a diet Monday. Yesterday, my co-worker brought me a cupcake. Diet lasted 72 hours. #newrecord #resolutionfail”,
“My new year’s resolution is to spend less time on social media! ….oops. resolutionfail”
“My team’s New Year Resolution lasted all of 2 days! 😂 #resolutionfail”
“Well, I can go ahead and scratch out the resolution of not cussing in full sentences when driving. 3 red light runners, 2 wide right lane turners, 6 no blinkers lane changers, & the speed limit enforcer in left lane. #resolutionfail”
“I was supposed to start a blog… I’m now writing trip advisor reviews 😂 #startsomewhere #cba #travel #australia #resolutionfail”
“New Year Resolution: To make it to work by 7:30am every day. January 3rd. Failed two days in a row. Not starting this off the right way. #canonlygoupfromhere #resolutionfail”
Well, studies tell us that the average person makes the same New Year’s resolution 10 separate times without success. And if you are one of those that prefer to work with goals because resolutions seem like old-school, well the jury is out and it’s not any better really.
So, what can you do to make 2018 different from all the other years you set out to run with your resolutions or goals and failed?
There was this old quote I read recently by a long-dead world reformer. He said – “I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.”
I am sure you probably get what he was trying to say. But the funny thing is that he like most people have only talked about a little part of the problem.
So, what is the problem? The problem is not always that Christians are unlike Christ, it’s that most of us (including the guy I mentioned) don’t really know who Jesus is.
We pick a part of something Jesus said, make it the whole of who Jesus is and “voila” we have a Jesus that we can make into any world-view we like.
I came across a few things about the God-man Jesus that got me thinking more about who He is. And here goes
I don’t know if you remember this story from Luke’s account of Paul’s missionary work.
Paul had come up with an evangelistic strategy and had pinpointed the new areas he wanted to get in. But as it would turn out, God had other plans.
First, God would not allow Paul to go into Asia. “Ok, off to plan B, let’s get into Bithynia” Paul must have thought. The problem here – God still would not let him go. At this time, Paul gets the memo. “No need to move to new territories. I might as well take my time and wait for new instructions”. So, off they went down to Troas. It was while he was here that he would “perceive” that God said it was time for Macedonia to hear the gospel. Acts 16:6-10
The funny thing is that Paul never really heard God say “Go to Macedonia”, he just came to that conclusion from something he saw while he slept.
Did you ever hear the story of the boiling frog? The boiling frog is a parable describing a frog being slowly boiled alive.
The premise is that if a frog is put suddenly into boiling water, it will jump out, but if the frog is put in tepid water which is then brought to a boil slowly, it will not perceive the danger and will be cooked to death.
The story is often used as a metaphor for the inability or unwillingness of people to react to or be aware of threats that arise gradually. While the message it is trying to teach is one to remember, the story itself is faulty.
You see, modern biologists have tested that a frog even gradually heated will jump out. It feels the heat and out it jumps.
You are not the only one who feels duped. I was on the believing end of that story until not too long ago.
I was listening to a podcast where the interviewee shared a story.
According to her, there was this woman she knew from afar. The woman would worship in church and show signs of incredible emotional experience with God, sometimes weeping in worship. In addition, she also volunteered in Church.
Then something would happen in her life (as it always does for all of us), discouragement, someone speaks bad of her, a conflict at home and she wouldn’t just become sad or discouraged. She would go into outrageously risky behavior.
And then a couple of weeks later she would be back – worshipping, weeping, volunteering in church before another incident and she would be back into the “outrageously risky behavior”
She wondered what was the problem with her. A counselor friend diagnosed the problem.