OK, so we’ve made it to 2016! January is more than half over…How are those New Year’s resolutions holding up? I have found that 95% of my resolutions, though intended to bring about better health or productivity, are focused on ME.
And then we arrive at Martin Luther King Day, when I find this quote:
“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?'” ~Martin Luther King Jr.
Martin Luther King Day has blessed me with the reminder that focusing on myself instead of helping others is not how God built me or anybody to function. My New Year’s resolutions, however persistent or urgent I may have felt they were when I made them, are so much smaller than God’s big picture.
“‘You shall [unselfishly] love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” (Mark 12:31 AMP)
In this verse, “love” is the Greek word “agape” which means having an unselfish concern for another and a willingness to seek the best for others.
Even when it seems like my calendar is getting eaten up by appointments, projects, meetings, and to-do lists, I am newly resolved today to strengthen my percentage of focus on the love of Christ, and how God wants me to show that to others. I’m going to call it my Whole Year Resolution! “Agape” should get my 100%, because of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross, and because of the many great people throughout history who stood and died to point us toward “agape”. I encourage you to take time today to reflect on what God’s “agape” means to you, how you see it coming through in your life, and how others can be blessed by it.
There IS life after New Year’s Eve, and it’s never too late to make that resolution!