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Tuesday, January 01, 2019


Measurable goals. That what they tell me. When you make resolutions for the New Year, make them as measurable goals, things that can actually be accomplished and measured. Like "lose 20 pounds" or "work out 3 times a week" or "be on time for work" ... like that. I get it. We need to feel like we're making progress, and if you can't see it, you can't feel it, I suppose. And I guess it's true that a journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. Small steps, then. I get it.

When I was learning to drive, my driving instructor told me, "Keep an eye on that car in front of you, but do not look at the parked cars. Instead, keep another eye on the distance ahead where you're going." The rationale is that you will tend to go where you're attention is focused.

In that vein, then, I want to make a New Year's resolution that violates that "measurable goals" command:
Whatever things were gain to me, those things I have counted as loss for the sake of Christ. More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish so that I may gain Christ, and may be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own derived from the Law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith, that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death; in order that I may attain to the resurrection from the dead. (Php 3:7-11)
That's what I want to do this year. Well, and next year. And the one after that. For as long as I live.
One thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. (Php 3:13-14)
Maybe not conventional wisdom for a New Year's resolution, but I want that to be my goal. My life goal. I want to keep one eye on the traffic around me, but the other focused ahead, on my Savior, where I want to go, where I want to be. Keep my eye on the goal, on the prize. Because, frankly, it is really easy to get entangled in this world, its problems, its temptations, its sin. I want something better. I want Jesus.

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