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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?
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

TACONES 1/20/2013 2:58PM

    Yes I do. The plan is in place and ready to be executed.

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PATTYJ48 1/19/2013 12:52PM

    Great post about Re-solve. I never thought of it that way. Have a great weekend.

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ZOORHO 1/18/2013 12:16AM

    Hey hey Meddling thoughts.

but good

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BOBBYS1GIRL 1/16/2013 8:26PM

    Wonderful blog! Thanks for sharing!

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IBSHAUN 1/16/2013 6:53PM

    So true!!

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DRADDIE 1/16/2013 2:53PM

    Love John Piper! And love your blog today! What a great thought to start out BLC 21 with!! Well said, and done!!!

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CARBJUNKIE83 1/16/2013 1:09PM

    Thanks for sharing! Awsome concept! emoticon

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KGLOVER71 1/16/2013 12:40PM

    I love the concept of being the leader of your own life. Love it.

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