What Is a Resolution?

James H. Cagle

The Bible says, “Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus” (Phil.3:13, 14).

We often attempt to accomplish something in only a halfhearted or haphazard way, without the focus, sincerity and seriousness necessary for reaching our goal.  We make repeated attempts for reaching the goal but because our will power or resolve are weak, victory is never won.

We know our dreams and God given potential will never be realized if we remain slaves to our many bad habits, or bad attitude and mind sets, and life style. But we refuse to discipline ourselves and stretch ourselves and rise out of the pit of bondage into the glorious light of freedom.

To aid us in our fight for freedom and deliverance we have this thing we call resolve that we muster up to stand with us at the threshold of the new year and its possibilities and that we hope will be strong until the promises we’ve made ourselves are fulfilled.  But so often the resolve we supposedly possess and exemplify can hardly be called resolve because there is no correlation between that so-called resolve we show and the dictionary’s definition.  To define resolve the dictionary uses words and phrases like, “having the mind made up”; “fixedness of purpose”; “boldly determined”; and “unshaken firmness.”  That hardly describes most who say they’ve made some new years resolution.

We wait until the new year to set our resolve and make our resolutions because we have a new year without any mistakes or failures in it, lying fresh before us and we want to begin it with change.  Besides, who ever heard of a midyear resolution? The fact that we can wait till the new year to start working on change shows we’re not serious about change.

And then there are those who never make new year resolutions because they remain resolute, committed, focused, and disciplined every day all year long.  Their hand is steady on the helm and their sails are full as they steadily cut across the sea of time.  If by some reason they get off the course they don’t wait until the new year rolls around to adjust but each day make whatever adjustments are necessary to stay on course.

We would actually be doing ourselves a favor if we first counted the cost for accomplishing anything that we set out to do, including some new years resolution.  And then ask ourselves if we’re willing to pay the price in order to realize our goal?

If we know we won’t pay the price for success why kid ourselves and set out on what will surely end in another failure?

So what is a resolution?  It’s forgetting past failures and with our mind made up with fixedness of purpose, and bold determination, and unshaken firmness, and willingness to pay the price for success, commit ourselves to doing something we alone can do and seeing it through to the end.

Resolutions are kept, dreams and goals realized by those who are willing to sacrifice whatever they must to win the prize.   Any resolutions that do not call in the use of the deeper elements of our being and their development are resolutions that aren’t worth making.  The resolutions we make should stretch us, and change us, and help change our world.

“All great accomplishments are built upon the foundation of sacrifice.” – Anon.


2020 Is Gone

There goes the year 2020,
And in comes the year 2021.
Out goes the year of trouble’s plenty,
Of which we hope we’re finished and done.
Glad are we to be done with last year,
Hoping none of its problems carry over,
Into the year that’s stretched out before us,
Which we will use as we recover.
In came the year of 2020,
With sickness, fighting, and death.
Out she will go as she came in,
With sickness, fighting, and death.
All our past is now our history,
And now it’s written in the Book.
The future now awaits before us,
As a clean and open book.
Though we want to forget the past,
We must be mindful of what we’ve done.
By learning from our past mistakes,
And those battles the enemy won.
We have the new year just before us.
It’s on our mind and in our thoughts.
We’ve marked many of her days,
In the day planner that we bought.
We shed ourselves of the past,
And embrace what lies ahead.
We mark up the battles we have lost,
And plan on the victories up ahead.
Ev’ry year we do the same thing.
We struggle through the final days,
Of the year of which we’re leaving,
To start afresh on New Year’s Day.
For this is what we did last year,
And the years before that to.
We started out the year strong and well,
But t’ward the end we drug our way through.
But this is the way life seems to be,
As we go on from year to year.
Never living for a single day,
‘Cause we think of life in terms of years.
So here we are with a new year,
And an opportunity to try again.
So many unknowns lie before us,
In which we renew our struggles again.
So many years we began and finished,
Surely this one we’ll finish to.
But death comes and thwarts our plans,
And then our life on earth is through.
We make our plans for this coming year,
Without any thought of death.
Yet there may be a day in God’s planner,
When we take our final breath.
We say that this will be our year,
When we will lose or we will win.
We rise to the peak, and then we fall,
And are thankful that we broke even.
For this year we’re held accountable,
As with all the other years.
Each day is reckoned up for judgment,
For that day when we have no more years.
James H. Cagle

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