Create Movements, Not Resolutions
It was G.K. Chesterton who changed my thinking about time and age. I used to think as the years added up and your life ebbed farther away from adolescence it meant you were slowly dying, even though no one wanted to admit it. I viewed life like that creepy hour glass on the Days of Our Lives—it just keeps dropping sand until your out. Chesterton, however, wrote about God having an ‘eternal appetite of infancy,’ that is to say, he doesn’t grow old or tired, but lives each day with the same passion and excitement as when the world was first created. Our Heavenly Father, according to Chesterton, is younger than we are.
God does not age as in getting older and growing tired of how things run, but has a voracious appetite for what is new and never tires of creating and recreating. As the years and ions add up, and as one era comes to an end, this infancy is as new and fresh as it was in the beginning. Perhaps this is true because with God there is no such thing as an ending. There are just new beginnings happening over and over again.
I usually make New Year’s Resolutions during the first week or so of January. It’s a habit of mine bolstered by the consistent marketing ploys of our media this time of year. You’ve heard all the good ones before: lose weight, get in shape, join a gym, manage your finances, get rid of Justin Bieber, yada-yada. Most resolutions are good and true and I hope I stick to a few of them, but there is something more I want to pursue this new year. I don’ want to simply make resolutions, but to learn to embrace a perpetual appetite for infancy.
I don’t want another year of making goals, but instead to inspire movement in my life towards what is good and meaningful. I want to go from where I am to where I’ve never been.
I want to live as though I understand the new creation that is before me each and every day. We’ve fooled ourselves tremendously if we believe only the latest and greatest is worth our full attention, as if there is nothing exciting in repetition. Just because something happens over and over again doesn’t change it’s meaning. There is beauty in repetition because each day, each moment, is unique.
Today is different than yesterday, in the same way that tomorrow will be different than today. Life is one constant new beginning. And the time for you and I to live in that newness is now.
2015 is a year just like any other year. Twelve months. Four Seasons. Another round of Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall. There will be sunshine and rain; sunburns and tans; sore throats and side bursting bouts of laughter; picnics and cold watermelon; chocolate ice-cream and time spent in swimming pools; birthdays and anniversaries; births and death. It’s a year like any other year. And, yet, it’s not. It’s different. It’s new.
We are a year older, maybe even one year wiser. Regardless, we are different than we were this time last year. Time has a way of changing perspective. It also has a way of changing priorities, dreams, and how we choose to spend the time we’re given.
It was Scott Fitzgerald who once said, “I hope you live a life you’re proud of.” I think what he meant is when it’s all said and done, when the time has fallen away and you’ve experienced all your new years, all your days and moments, and you look back on the totality of your life you can you smile, not because everything was perfect or you were successful or achieved fame, but because you can stand behind how you spent your time. Maybe that’s what it means to live a life you’re proud of.
Perhaps this is overtly obvious, but it needs to be stated anyways: 2015 has the potential to be whatever we want it to be. It’s an opportunity to create and dream; to be who we were last year, but also to be someone new.
I don’t want to make resolutions, but create movements.
I want to make movements towards where I want to be.
2015 is a new day full of eternal infancy.
We’ve been given a chance to fill its pages with life and love, truth and beauty. This is more than a resolution. This is the opportunity to tell a good story. And that’s where I want to be this New Year.