So it is a new year and it seems everyone is coming up with their new year’s resolutions. Well when I normally fight against this time of year when most make vain attempts at something which is not intended or just probably won’t last. I ended up listening to John Piper’s Podcast in which he addresses resolutions (https://soundcloud.com/askpastorjohn/a-little-theology-of). He talks about mere human will power vs. seeking the Lord for true spiritual resolutions.
Well with that being said I have come to the conclusion that there are actually a few things that I could change which would definitely benefit me spiritually.
The first one is to come up with a “hobby” for myself. When at first this might not seem so “spiritual”; it does seem that having something wholesome that I can do to relieve stress and something I enjoy doing would help me in my day to day walk. As I think about King David and the many Psalms he has written. I think about where he might have been while he was writing them. The vivid images that he portrays to us in the text had to have been something he saw and in which he made comparisons. Maybe he was out “hiking” or even just sitting on the hillside taking in the view. He certainly had something that he enjoyed doing which in turn caused him to meditate on the Lord. So, a hobby is something I seek to find this next year.
Second, I seek to fulfill some intellectual needs in my life. I too think these things will equip me spiritually. So to read a book a month! That is the first challenge and this does not include devotionals, or books I might use for Bible study. This is just a good, spiritually encouraging, theology building, love growing book that I might read. Also I seek to learn or at least begin learning one language this year. I think this is something I am just generally interested in and with my extensive travels and communication with friends, and partners around the world this would just be an overall benefit.
Third, the umm not so fun resolutions. I seek to get myself into a habitual jogging or running routine, and to find a bicycle. Paul did tell Timothy that exercise profited little. So I take that to mean that yes it will have some profit for your life. It will allow me to be more mobile and more successful in my travels. This is definitely a contribution to my spiritual life. I mean how can I take His Word to the ends of the earth if I can’t walk across the yard without panting for air?
I suppose we reach the end of these resolutions. Who knows what activities I may find entertaining and encouraging but I do pray that the Lord provide. It is also my desire to be one who truly seeks the Lord in His Word. To have it with me always, know it to it’s fullest, and share it that He may be glorified among all the people of the World.
Until All the Deaf Have Seen,