Resolutions 2009

January 2, 2009

2 days before the new year, a friend came up to me to say that he needed a new hobby.  I chuckled and made a comment that I noticed a personality trait that is particularly prevalent amongst my smart guy friends:  They get bored easily and constantly need new things to amuse themselves.  And because they are used to everything they touch turning to gold,  it is always easy for them find something new to do so they never really have to stick anything out.  I wondered aloud if that was a good thing.  He smiled at me and said that that was a trait of smart girls too.  I thought for a moment about my frustration when things aren’t going my way, my impatience and my propensity to force an end game scenario when I can’t be bothered anymore and decided that he might be right. 

So in the light of that conversation, here are my 2 resolutions for 2009:

1.  To run a marathon. 

Yes.  I irrationally want to run 42km.  I don’t really know why but I suspect that it has something to do with training myself not just physically but also mentally.  Something to do with perseverance and endurance.  I am looking forward to writing my post-marathon reflections already.  Maybe by the end of the year I will be able to articulate this better. 

2.  To listen (specifically to God)

I think God is trying to tell me something important and I’ll be damned if I have to learn this lesson twice so 2009 will be a year of shutting up, slowing down and being still.  This goes completely against my natural instincts but sometimes you have to level up your weaknesses.  Good luck to me.

Anyway, I thought of a fun experiment.  People keep asking me how I think 2009 will go.  Frankly, I am cautious and less than enthused but the verse in Isaiah about proclaiming it a year of the Lord’s favour comes to mind.  So here’s the plan:  I will blog extensively about my spiritual journey in 2009 under a new category “To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD”.  QT reflections, sermon notes, conversations, books read and other observations…  It is all stuff I write down anyway but I think it’ll be interesting to put it all out there publicly.  Dare I proclaim it a year of the Lord’s favour (as it says in other translations of the same verse) on Jan 1, before the year’s even begun?  Dare I put all spiritual stuff that I wrestle with out in open knowing full well that it could be yet another year of painfully separating wheat from chaff?  I think it is the economist in me that wants to declare the hypothesis statement and then gather the data to test its validity.  This could go phenomenally well or spectacularly badly but Jesus’ blood hasn’t failed me yet so I’ll take my chances.  And maybe at the end of year, I can finally figure out what God is trying to say to me.

So here’s to 2009 being an acceptable year of the Lord.  I am claiming this passage as my passage for the year:

Isaiah 61

The Good News of Salvation

“The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon Me,
Because the LORD has anointed Me
To preach good tidings to the poor;
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives,
And the opening of the prison to those who are bound;
To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD,
And the day of vengeance of our God;
To comfort all who mourn,
To console those who mourn in Zion,
To give them beauty for ashes,
The oil of joy for mourning,
The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness;
That they may be called trees of righteousness,
The planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified.”
And they shall rebuild the old ruins,
They shall raise up the former desolations,
And they shall repair the ruined cities,
The desolations of many generations.
Strangers shall stand and feed your flocks,
And the sons of the foreigner
Shall be your plowmen and your vinedressers.
But you shall be named the priests of the LORD,
They shall call you the servants of our God.
You shall eat the riches of the Gentiles,
And in their glory you shall boast.
Instead of your shame you shall have double honor,
And instead of confusion they shall rejoice in their portion.
Therefore in their land they shall possess double;
Everlasting joy shall be theirs.
“For I, the LORD, love justice;
I hate robbery for burnt offering;
I will direct their work in truth,
And will make with them an everlasting covenant.
Their descendants shall be known among the Gentiles,
And their offspring among the people.
All who see them shall acknowledge them,
That they are the posterity whom the LORD has blessed.”
I will greatly rejoice in the LORD,
My soul shall be joyful in my God;
For He has clothed me with the garments of salvation,
He has covered me with the robe of righteousness,
As a bridegroom decks himself with ornaments,
And as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
For as the earth brings forth its bud,
As the garden causes the things that are sown in it to spring forth,
So the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations.

Bring it on!!

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