Tuesday, January 5, 2010


Please see the following definition of the word "resolution" below (taken off the dictionary application on my Mac)

resolution |ˌrezəˈloō sh ən|


1 a firm decision to do or not to do something : she kept her resolution not to see Anne any more | a New Year's resolution.
• a formal expression of opinion or intention agreed on by a legislative body, committee, or other formal meeting, typically after taking a vote : the conference passed two resolutions.
• the quality of being determined or resolute : he handled the last French actions of the war with resolution.
See note at courage .
2 the action of solving a problem, dispute, or contentious matter : the peaceful resolution of all disputes | a successful resolution to the problem.
• Music the passing of a discord into a concord during the course of changing harmony.
• Medicine the disappearance of inflammation, or of any other symptom or condition.
3 chiefly Chemistry the process of reducing or separating something into its components.
• Physics the replacing of a single force or other vector quantity by two or more jointly equivalent to it.
• the conversion of something abstract into another form.
• Prosody the substitution of two short syllables for one long one.
4 the smallest interval measurable by a scientific (esp. optical) instrument; the resolving power.
• the degree of detail visible in a photographic or television image.
ORIGIN late Middle English : from Latin resolutio(n-), from resolvere ‘loosen, release’ (see resolve ).

Several people have asked me if I have any new years resolutions this year. Certainly there are things that I want to be better at or things about myself I strive to change, but I don't have any "firm decisions to do or not to do something." I do, however, have a set of unofficial goals for myself.

When looking at the definitions above, I really liked the second one. I don't tend to view resolutions in this sense. Resolutions have always been a list of "thou shall nots" in my mind. This second description (highlighted in red) speaks more to me about freedom of bonds and strongholds from the past year. I want to think of 2010 as a fresh year with a whole new set of experiences about to shape my life.

Not that I really have any public disputes, but more about internal things. This year I can be free from negative images, fears of failure or disappointing people. This year I am free to do what God has called me, and to discover the steps that I am to climb and leap onto with faith. Every day God extends his love and grace to me. Every morning. I want to embrace that grace this year.


Kelley Welu said...

Wow! I really like that! Thanks for showing us that.

Christina said...

That is a beautiful resolve to have and well put!! How exciting this next year will be learning to venture out without fear!! Something I know I too need to put into practice! And to take a leap into faith for what God has prepared, what incredible opportunities await us if we only choose it!! I'm excited to hear what awaits you in your journey!!

Natalie said...

hey you :) with the new job I work till 8 on thursdays. I did think of you on thursday though. Game night if I remember correctly.

Rachel said...

great thoughts! thanks for sharing. looking forward to working on The Uncommon Woman with you. I think it will have many great things for us.