|Minted stationary and journal set|
i have a love hate relationship with New Year’s Resolutions. i HATE that they can cause us to fall into self righteousness when we set a goal like “read the Bible everyday” and then we do it and rejoice in ourselves – not the Lord working in us. or when we resolve to lose 30 lbs and fall into shame, failure, and frustration when we fall short of that goal. but i also LOVE that setting goals can challenge us to step out of the box. we can become intentional about working towards a better version of ourselves. it helps us break out of the mundane and work toward something bigger than ourselves.
“For although they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks to Him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened” (1: 21)
the passage goes on to explain that the Lord gave them up in the lusts of their hearts… gave them up to dishonorable passions… and gave them over to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done… apathy lead to a change in their hearts, which over time was reflected in their actions, and became their lifestyle. they became gossips, slanderers, haughty, boastful, faithless, foolish, ruthless, heartless, envious, deceitful, and they justified it – “they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them” (1:32)
a couple months ago i talked about how easy it is to apathetically go through life when things are good (in this post). i don’t want to unknowingly slip into apathy, foolish thinking, new idols, and then find myself living a life of selfishness and darkness. i want to hunger for His truth, to be revived and renewed by His word. to live 2014 intentionally seeking His heart.