Real Solutions, Not Resolutions

Real Solutions, Not Resolutions

I love the gift of a new year. This idea that I get to start new, hit the refresh button, begin again. There’s something exciting about standing at the edge of a new year and wondering what it will bring.

You can’t talk about the New Year without talking about resolutions. Some people love ‘em while others despise them. I tend to fall somewhere in the middle. I’m one of those people who make resolutions every year, even though I know in the back of my head that I’m not going to actually do them.

As I was preparing this blog, I stumbled upon a blog by one of my favorite writers, Ann Voskamp. In her blog, she asked: What do you need this year, resolutions or real solutions?

This got me thinking: This New Year, instead of writing resolutions, what real solutions do you need? What in your life do you need to invite God and others into? The word “solution” has its roots in this idea of loosening, untying, dissolving. There is something beautiful in loosening ourselves from those things that keep us from clinging further to the Lord.

This year one real solution I need in my life is to ask for help. I’m terrible at it—for some stupid reason I think that I can do most things on my own. It took a recent month-long battle with pneumonia to wake me up to the fact that asking for help is not a sign of weakness, but a sign of strength!

Conversely, what real solution can you be for someone? Think about the uniquely perfect gifts God has given you. How can you meet a real need in someone’s life?

As we step into the beginning of this New Year, let us run forward in the bold confidence that the realest “real solution” of all – Jesus – came down to earth for you, for me, for us. And there’s nothing he can’t do.

I’m excited to see what things he has in store this year for all of us.

Megan Slinger, Inviting and Connecting Assistant