Anna's Analogy
written by Anna Shields


To Resolve or Not To Resolve 
Written  January 2008

Resolution - the act of resolving or of reducing to a simpler form. 2. The state of being resolved. 3. The termination of an abnormal condition.

Every year when January 01 rolls around, we make a decision to make, or not to make, a New Yearís Resolution. I use to think just not deciding to make a decision was not a decision. Actually, if you donít make a decision, you are choosing not to decide or not to take action. So, even if you donít make a decision, you are still making a decision. Sounds complicated, huh? Letís break it down. Okay, you need to lose a few pounds. You can either choose to get a good eating plan and change your eating behavior and hope to lose the weight. You can also do nothing, which means that you choose to stay the same. So, you are still making a decision, whether it is consciously or not consciously.

So, if you think you are safe by not making decisions, think again. I use to think this way. I also use to think that ďThings just happened.Ē I thought this way for a long time and I have found out that there are many others that think this way. I didnít realize that the ďChoicesĒ you make do make such a big difference in your life.

Many people do make a New Yearís Resolution, however, Iím not sure how many are kept. I heard two different sermons on New Yearís Resolution on the radio last week, on the same day even, one right after the other. The first one was about not making a New Yearís Resolution, due to the fact that you would end up feeling like you had failed if you didnít live up to your expectations. The other one, on the other hand, was quoting the scriptures about how we are a new creature in Christ and can do all things through Christ Jesus which strengthens us. So what to do? Was one message right and the other one wrong? I think they were both right. I think you have to be careful not to set yourself up to fail. For instance, donít decide to lose 15 pounds in one week. Unless you are suffering from some major ailment, it would not be normal for you to do so and you would definitely fail at doing so. However, you could choose to try to lose 4 or 5 pounds the first two to three weeks and then taper off to about 1-2 pounds per week with success. You could also pray and ask for help and strength to stick to your new eating plan. A little exercise would help some too. We do live in a physical body and have to remember that this body does have limits.

What am I saying here? We should have balance. Too many people are too much all one way or the other. We need to have balance. No matter how much we love to eat ice cream, if that is all we eat, we will soon end up with a tummy ache.

balance - Figuratively, the scale by which deeds and principles are weighed and destinies determined. 2. The power or authority to decide and determine. 3. The act of balancing or weighing 4. The difference between totals; the excess on either side.


There is that word destiny again in the definition of balance. So, even if we have balance or not in the things we do can determine our destiny.

Procrastination is definitely a destiny killer.

procrastinate - To put off taking action until a future time; be dilatory 2. To defer or postpone.

dilatory - 1. Given to or characterized by delay; tardy; slow. 2. Tending to cause delay.

Deuteronomy 30:19 I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life that both thou and thy seed may live.

Iíve seen this scripture used as an advertisement for pro life campaign. I believe that it has a lot more meaning than people realize. When you choose any action, you choose its consequences as well. For instance, if you overeat every day, then you will gain weight. If you eat less than you need every day, you will lose weight. If you stay up too late, then you will be tired the next day. Itís easier to figure out than what you may think.

consequence - that which naturally follows from a preceding action or condition; result 2. A logical conclusion

So, now you may have changed your mind about your New Yearís Resolution. The good news is that you can make the decision to change anything about yourself that you donít like at any given time, any day. The New Year does seem like a good time to make changes. Itís a good time to take inventory of yourself and your life-style. Itís kinda like you get to wipe the slate clean and start over.

I personally would like to have less clutter in my life and hopefully not make the same dumb mistakes that I have made in the past. I know that I will have to make conscious decisions to do so.

Is there anything that you donít like in your life or about yourself that you want to change? Youíll have to take some action. First of all, make up your mind to do so and believe that you can. You can also ask Christ to strengthen you.

Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

The New Yearís Resolution I would want for everyone is to accept Jesus as your Lord & Savior so that you may have Life, now and later. If you already know Jesus as your Lord & Savior, then draw closer to Him so that you may have more life.

John 10:10 The thief cometh not but for to kill and destroy, I am come that they might have life and that they may have it more abundantly.

Thanks for reading,