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Experiencing Resolution

Experiencing Resolution

I don’t really make New Year’s resolutions. Yes, I always feel the urge to exercise more and eat less as the calendar turns. But that’s not really a resolution … just stating the obvious, as I sit surrounded by leftover Christmas cakes, cookies and candies.

What, really, is a resolution? Most often we think of it as an intention. A decision we make to change something about our lives or ourselves. However, I prefer Webster’s first definition: Resolution—the act or process of reducing to a simpler form.
In this age, life is anything but simple most days. Just finding time to enjoy a pajama day with my sons, a date night with my husband, or a game of spades with our friends seems almost impossible. Our cell phones and laptops keep us plugged in, on schedule, and in contact, but we seem to be missing each other along the way.

How about instead of making a resolution this year, we truly experience resolution? Reducing life to a simpler form: slowing down, breathing deeply, living daily, engaging fully, giving generously, worshiping lavishly and loving completely.
What would this look like in your life? For me, it would mean having the courage to say no. For example, I don’t join the Wednesday morning Bible study this time around so that I can enjoy a quiet morning at home with my coffee, worship music and Bible.

How about instead of making a resolution this year, we truly experience resolution?

For you? Maybe it would mean asking each person in your family to choose only one activity to participate in this spring; then, you could stop rushing and gather around the table for a family dinner. You could put down your phones and enjoy a conversation face-to-face, rather than text-to-text.

To experience resolution, we must evaluate our priorities, make choices, and sometimes say no to good things. It’s not easy. However, we have to remember: in saying no, we are saying yes to something else: self-care, authentic connection, abiding peace, and wholehearted living.



Susan cherishes the beauty of the Smoky Mountains, the bloom of a Dogwood tree, and the taste of her mother’s pound cake. She betrays her roots by taking her tea “unsweetened.”

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