1999: A Final Resolution

by Ben Kinchlow

Every January, as we began a new season of broadcasting on The 700 Club, Pat Robertson would ask me, "Well, Ben, did you make any new resolutions this year?" As you know, people traditionally make "New Year’s resolutions". As the new year comes upon us, we resolve… we promise…. we threaten…. we hope, but don’t really expect that this year things will be different. We write down lists, make rash promises, tape statements on our mirrors, write them in our diaries, and repeat them to ourselves daily … for about a week. Next year, we look back and discover that, for the most part, nothing has changed, our resolutions were in vain, and we aren’t surprised.

After having gone through the above "exercise in futility" on many occasions, I hit upon a plan that I have diligently followed over the years, I have kept this resolution faithfully. So, when Pat asked me this time, my reply was a resounding … "YES, I have!" "What is it?!", he asked. I looked him right in the eye and said, "Pat, I have firmly resolved never to make anymore New Year’s resolutions." And to this day, I have not. You see, I found a better way.

As a believer, I have a promise that transcends times and seasons. Believers have the privilege of starting over every single day, not just once a year. Every failing…. every mistake….every mis-step…. every failed resolve gets washed away in forgiveness at the end of the day. Every morning you wake up with a fresh, clean slate, able to start over again. Lamentations says it this way, "….This I recall to my mind, therefore, have I hope. It is of the LORD’s mercies that we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great is Thy faithfulness. The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore, will I hope in Him. The LORD is good unto them that wait for Him, to the soul that seeketh Him. It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD." (Lamentations 3:21-26)

"New every morning". Think about that. God’s mercies start all over again every day. So every "stupid" action … every wayward thought … , every harsh word or, as a denomination I used to belong to calls it, "every sin of commission or omission" is all covered by His "compassion which fails not", and His "mercies which are new every morning." No more waiting for the New Year to make resolutions. If you awake in the morning, it means God didn’t consider your life such a waste that He wiped you out, He gave you the chance to fix, forget, or build on yesterday, as you choose. Knowing that He gives you fresh mercy, sufficient unto this day, don’t be plagued by things that are past, or tormented by things yet to come. Live in full, rich, airtight "todays". What happened yesterday is past. What comes tomorrow may not come tomorrow. As one man said, "A lot of bad things tormented me in my life. Some actually happened." The past is done. Tomorrow is not promised. We really only have today. So upon arising, seize the day, really look at the beautiful sunrise, enjoy the rain, which the earth needs, appreciate the snow, which is not only beautiful but kills off those pesky fleas and mosquitoes. (Did God really invent them?!)

Now, this may seem to contradict all I’ve said, but let me suggest one resolution. Not just for the New Year, but for now on. Every day, resolve to make "the rest of your life, the best of your life". Look at this new day, take a deep breath, stand on you tippy-toes (physically or mentally) and say…

"This is the day which the LORD hath made. I will rejoice and be glad in it."

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