And a Happy New Year to you!
I have about decided I'm just not one to make New Year's resolutions. Not that there's anything inherently wrong with them or anything, I just don't seem to stick with them. Not even until the end of January, when I am left feeling slightly defeated and wondering..."what was I thinking in the first place?"
Are you like me?
Anyhow, while at the gym this week, I've heard all sorts of buzz on various morning shows about doing "self analysis" to kick off the new year, and after such analysis, seeing where your resolution would best fit. By doing such analysis, one would know...aha! Weight loss, that's my goal! or Better money management in 2011! or More time with my family-that's my area of need!
Really, while I get where the various hosts and guest authors are going, I must ask...does such "self-analysis" produce fruit from a vine unchanged?
It's so easy to spot the problems (in ourselves, our spouses, children and co-workers so on and so on!). We can easily point to..."Aha! I have anger issues, and in 2011 I am going to get my anger under control!" feel good about that decision for about 25-30 days (hey, some of us can even make it to February on decision alone!) and then fall flat and... well, angry again before the snow clears in March.
What's the problem? Where's the change?
Now seriously, this is such a struggle, to release the areas we so desperately want to change into the loving and capable hands of Christ. We want change NOW.
We want to grab the reins, drive out those 10 pounds with low carb living, never addressing allowing our loving God to cultivate in us the long term fruit of self-control. (Been there too many times to count people, it's better God's way, trust Him!)
Maybe we try the latest anger control technique we read up on, count to 10, breathe deeply while standing outside on our heads (or something like that)... and all the while the storm continues to rage within because we never allow the Holy Spirit to touch the unforgiveness and unmet expectations in our hearts.
Oh Lord give us patience to allow you to work in us in 2011! Let your will be done! Most often, turning over an area to God where we long for change is a painful, pruning, slow breaking process. (ready to sign up?!)
The Good News, dear friends, when God does the work in us, from the inside out; when He first cleans the inside of the cup, the outside will be clean. There will be the beautiful fruit of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness and self-control.
So, instead of said "self-analysis" maybe we should cry out like David, asking the Holy Spirit to show us any offenses in us and undergo something that starts with a cry of "Holy Spirit, analyze me!"