Soul resolution

Soul resolution

It’s that time of year when we start contemplating our lives and how we are going to better ourselves in the coming year.  Many of those resolutions come in the form of getting fit.  I have been a passenger on that train many, many times.  And all of those marketers selling products to make us perfect don’t help! 

We hear:
• Work out every day
• Cut out all sugar
• Get eight hours of sleep
• Drink eight glasses of water
• Supplements, supplements, supplements

Those are all common New Year’s resolutions we vow in order to make ourselves better, pursuing body perfection.  Of course, most of us should have a daily dose of exercise, especially if we have a stationary lifestyle.  A healthy diet and working out are amazing for the heart, body, and can even balance the mind.  But for the soul, we need to workout in a different realm. 

For the last couple years, instead of resolving to better my physical body, I focused on goodness.  Every day, I made it a point to read my Bible and do something nice for someone.  I was on track for a couple weeks and then, those priorities fell to menial tasks that were never meant to invade my resolutions.  

Perfection is out of reach

So my quest to achieve a more loving heart happened, but not every day.  How could I be that disciplined anyway?  No person on earth is perfect, especially me!  Absolute perfection is reserved solely for God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit. Psalm 92:15 says: They will declare, “The Lord is just!  He is my rock!  There is no evil in him!”  So, we should take our cues from the One who has no faults!

Since God is perfection and we have His Word as a role model, we should look at the world as He does … with love.  God does not see the wrinkles in your face, the muffin top, the hair that’s out of place;  He sees your soul, whether it’s beautiful, stressed, meek, sad, joyful, etc.  1 Samuel 16:7: The Lord doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

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By following God, you experience The Good Life. By drinking in His Word, you are fulfilled with goodness and love as described in Proverbs 23:5-6. Your cup will not only be full, it will overflow!

A truly better you

So, if you are going to make a resolution, make one that brings joy to both your heart and others’ hearts to where you love everyone … to where you look at someone and don’t judge them or size them up.  Look at them and love them!  Say, “Hi, how are you?” and rely on God to give you some way to strike up a conversation with them.  Romans 12:9-10 (NLT) says:  Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good.  Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other.

When we connect with others and see that they are human beings, created by God, just like ourselves, we make the world more connected.  The closer we

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become, the more love we share and the less we quarrel.  That will make a better world for everyone.  So, use this New Year’s resolution to find the love in your heart and offer it to others.

Bonus verses

Romans 12:2 (ESV): Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

Luke 16:15 (ESV):  And he said to them, “You are those who justify yourselves before men, but God knows your hearts. For what is exalted among men is an abomination in the sight of God.”

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Leigh An Coplin has been a Christian since she can remember and continues to grow in her love for God every day.  With God as her guide, she started Livin’ Light, a Christian apparel business and online resource.  She has a B.A. in Journalism from Texas Tech University and has worked at the Lee’s Summit Journal, Pacific Business News and The Honolulu Advertiser.  Leigh An lives in the greater Orlando area.