Posted by: Lance Vaughn | January 8, 2008

New Year’s Resolution

How are you doing on your New Year’s Resolution? I skirted it again. Third year in a row now. Eh, child’s play. Meaningless. Whatever.

In yesterday’s post, I spoke of baby steps and of the delight that we take in watching Benjamin develop a little each day and how we can actually see the tangible results of his development. Are we adults really all that different? When did we stop taking baby steps and start floating around in the abyss of adulthood? Maybe getting our feet back on the ground and getting on the baby steps routine would be a good New Year’s resolution.

Well, whether it’s New Year’s or not, personal resolutions are obviously a good thing. And, what the heck, today is just as good a day as any to put that proverbial stake in the ground. But where do we start? Well, if you’re a fan of Rick Warren, you may enjoy his thoughts on the subject. It’s quite simple, it seems. Just affirm your commitment to the work of the Great Commission and view this declaration as a covenant with God, promising him that from now you will do whatever it takes: anytime, anywhere, anyway.

A Call to Radical Commitment, by Rick Warren

Today I am stepping across the line. I’m tired of waffling, and I’m finished with wavering. I’ve made my choice; the verdict is in; and my decision is irrevocable. I’m going God’s way. There’s no turning back now!

I will live the rest of my life serving God’s purposes with God’s people on God’s planet for God’s glory. I will use my life to celebrate his presence, cultivate his character, participate in his family, demonstrate his love, and communicate his Word.

Since my past has been forgiven, and I have a purpose for living and a home awaiting in heaven, I refuse to waste any more time or energy on shallow living, petty thinking, trivial talking, thoughtless doing, useless regretting, hurtful resenting, or faithless worrying.

Instead I will magnify God, grow to maturity, serve in ministry, and fulfill my mission in the membership of his family.

Because this life is preparation for the next, I will value worship over wealth, “we” over “me,” character over comfort, service over status, and people over possessions, position, and pleasures. I know what matters most, and I’ll give it all I’ve got. I’ll do the best I can with what I have for Jesus Christ today.

I won’t be captivated by culture, manipulated by critics, motivated by praise, frustrated by problems, debilitated by temptation, or intimidated by the devil. I’ll keep running my race with my eyes on the goal, not the sidelines or those running by me.

When times get tough, and I get tired, I won’t back up, back off, back down, back out, or backslide. I’ll just keep moving forward by God’s grace. I’m Spirit-led, purpose-driven and mission-focused, so I cannot be bought, I will not be compromised, and I shall not quit until I finish the race.

I’m a trophy of God’s amazing grace, so I will be gracious to everyone, grateful for everyday, and generous with everything that God entrusts to me.

To my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, I say: However, whenever, wherever, and whatever you ask me to do, my answer in advance is yes! Wherever you lead and whatever the cost, I’m ready. Anytime. Anywhere. Anyway.

Whatever it takes Lord; whatever it takes!

I want to be used by you in such a way, that on that final day I’ll hear you say, “Well done, thou good and faithful one. Come on in, and let the eternal party begin!”

What does this mean?

Today, I affirm this commitment to God and submit to his plans and purposes for my life, no matter what it takes.



  1. What an amazing photograph, huh!? It was taken in the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire, England. I found it by searching for “God” on Flickr. I didn’t find him, but I found a lot of things that reminded me of him! 😉

  2. That’s strange . . . I could see Him in the photo, in Rick Warren’s piece, and your comments! Thank you for this lovely post, which is another demonstration that God is moving mightily in your life. May His blessings always be with you and your darling family!

  3. It is womderful to give yourself to the Lord I!1t is a mighty Big step! One you will always treasure. It has a happy feeling and a smile to wear upon your face.God Bless, Lovingly Grandmother

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