Resolutions to Keep
With the New Year here, I started thinking about resolutions. We've all made them before, right? Once the holidays are over, I'm going to… (insert change here).
It's normal to reevaluate life at this time of year and decide to make some changes where necessary. It seems like the most popular one is to lose weight, eat better, or work out more.
Hence the reason why gym companies love the New Year.
If you are a gym member, then you know how busy the first two weeks of January are. By February, however, attendance starts to fall off rapidly. By March, you're pretty much back to where it was in December minus the few who decided to stick with the lifestyle change.
The way the ground accepts the seed in Jesus' parable is how we accept change.
- The stony ground doesn't accept the change; there is little growth at first, and it quickly disappears as if it were never introduced in the first place.
- The thorny ground accepts the change, but eventually life gets in the way, change stops, and the end result is a return back to the original lifestyle.
- The good ground accepts the change, enacts the solutions, begins to thrive, and produces results.
Christ was teaching a spiritual lesson about accepting His Word and will into our lives. We, as humans, can reject Him, accept Him for a short time and then forget and go back to our original state, or accept Him totally and completely change our lifestyles.
Each decision in the parable had its own consequences, good or bad; however, the lesson can be applied in all aspects of life. When I look at my fitness level, my career, my marriage, or any other aspect of life, I can choose one of the three options — and the outcome that goes with it.
So, that takes me back to those New Year's resolutions. If I make any this year, I need to look at them through the lens of the parable. Where is this "seed" going to land? What do I need to do to make sure it takes root in good ground? Am I relying on God's strength in the process? Once I answer these questions, I'll need to put in the work to ensure the resolution is one to keep.
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