Sunday, January 2, 2011

New Year's Revolution

  Some folks at work were laughing recently about a verbal gaffe someone had made. After a string of such malapropisms most of this school year, they mentioned New Year's revolutions, meaning to say resolutions. I shared in the laugh, but trying to be helpful, offered that to revolve means to turn around, so perhaps this person was just promising to turn it all around in the new year.

  However, in the intervening days, I realized that a revolution of that sort simply brings you back to where you started. The earth revolves around the sun and, in some ways, the earth ends where it started. This seemed dissatisfying to me; I really liked the original analogy! So, a quick trip to turned up the following possible definition for "revolution":

     "a sudden, complete or marked change in something: the present revolution in church architecture"

  I have several small resolutions this new year. Mostly they come down to being a better man, to removing some of the sin I regularly walk in, to break some bad habits, to build some good ones, and also to be more organized and timely about things. But what I hope all these things lead to, by the grace of God alone, is a New Year's Revolution: a complete and marked change in me.

  An apparently popular verse around this time of year is Ephesians 5:17: "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!" The New American Standard Bible translates the verse as: "Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come." (Emphasis added.) This year, I want to be that new creation. I want to be that new creature. I want a New Year's Revolution, God making a complete and marked change in me.

  What are your New Year's resolutions? (Or revolutions!)


  1. Good revolutions- I mean, resolutions for the new year, Brandon. I agree with you!

  2. Well, Brandon, you've certainly picked a toughie but, really, it's the only desire for making a change that really matters in our lives.

    Remember what Paul wrote about his own struggles however, and don't fret if fulfilling this "revolution" proves to be difficult on any given day. It can't happen all at once, and you're already "more revolved" than virtually everyone I know.

  3. Hi Vicki! Thanks much for the kind words. Hope all is well with you and the family.

    Hi Sherry! It is a toughie, and one I'm already struggling with. Heard a song on the radio recently from DC talk with the line, "What's going on inside of me? I despise my own behavior...", and it drove home Paul's words a lot. I do the very things I don't want... but thanks be to God!

    C.S. Lewis... peaks and troughs...