Resolute for 2023
What comes to mind when you hear the word resolute? Perhaps the infamous Resolute Desk located in the White House? Maybe a person who is ‘dead set’ on a particular goal at work? How about someone who is unwavering in thought, demeanor or belief? The word resolute can be construed as a positive or a negative word depending on a person’s view of being determined and unwavering in their stance. It is interesting to note that the Resolute Desk is considered to be a nineteenth century ‘partners desk’. Simply put, this means that it is intended to be used simultaneously by two persons facing each other. However, since being modified in 1945 to conceal President Franklin Roosevelt’s leg braces, it can no longer be used as a partners desk.
Now is our traditional time of declaring ‘New Years’ Resolutions. As we face a new year we tend to consider making changes in our lives and improving on our personal traits in some way(s), or even starting over in a new direction. To be resolute in these endeavors and see them through, we understand that sheer determination is often needed. Consider partnering in this in order to be accountable to another. It can very well become the difference – to be facing someone who is watching your every move and checking each decision you make to see if they lean toward the goal in mind.
Who might your partner(s) be in assisting you in your resolve? Have you asked someone who is indeed unwavering and will stand fast alongside of you? Your need, your hope, your desire may seem hopeless, but believe in God’s promises and allow His people to come alongside. Cherish their love for you and their willingness to look you in the face – even get in your face, to keep you on track. Certainly there will be times when you just do not want to continue. Yet, stay steadfast, unwavering as God is with you. Isaiah 26:3, “You (God) will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in You.”
Ask for a partner. Offer to be a partner. Be ready in all situations to give an answer for the hope in you, because it is there. It is there in the form of the Word of God, the Bible. It is there in the presence of the Holy Spirit…the One who is your comforter, your counselor, to bring peace, hope and victory to you. God even provides other believers to be there for you. 1 Thessalonians 2:11-12, “For you know that we dealt with each of you as a father deals with his own children, encouraging, comforting and urging you live lives worthy of God, who calls you into His kingdom and glory.”
Be resolute! Help another to be resolute! Make good and godly resolutions according to God’s Word and to exemplify Jesus himself in this world. Do not be afraid to be determined, intent, decisive, confident, firm, resolved, adamant, purposeful, single-minded, unwavering…steadfast and resolute. 1 Peter 5:10, “And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. To Him be the power forever and ever. Amen.”
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