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Firm Prior Resolve - THIS!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

John Piper's facebook status this morning:

"My experience is that the absence of firm prior resolve results in regular rationalization. Like when to go to bed, etc."

How true is this?? I can say until I'm blue in the face:

"Oh, I need to go to bed earlier."
"I'm going to eat healthier today."
"I must exercise more."

And it won't mean anything. OR change anything, because come along bedtime, and I could be in the middle of a movie/half way through a chapter/surfing the internet ... and I let myself be swayed from the original decision of going to bed at a reasonable time. Or, I've decided to eat well ... but then we decide to eat out for lunch. Without firm prior resolve, I'm not going to make wise decisions (historically speaking)!

The only way to make a change is to have a firm prior resolve - to make a concrete decision on my future behaviour.

I love the word 'resolve'. It RE-solves something, fixing it = solutions! It speaks of determination and perseverance, decisions and goals met. Resolve denotes character and will, self-control and leadership.

A follower finds it hard to have a firm prior resolve as their behaviour and decisions are dictated by whatever comes along. I, however, am a leader in my own life, not a follower!

So, on this spark journey, I am firmly resolved to plan

- my menu and strategies for food
- my exercise. What dvd, when. What time I'm walking and where I'm going.
- what time I go to bed (so much else depends on this. It's vital!!).

Do you have a firm prior resolve on anything?
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