The Best Resolution

Words by Ann Swindell // Image by Kelly Kee

I’m not the type of person who is usually motivated by goals, and New Year’s resolutions tend to fall under this category for me. But there is one type of resolution I made nearly a decade a ago that has utterly transformed my life. 

I aim to spend time with Jesus every single day.

Of course, there are days when life gets a little too wild and I don’t manage to set time aside for the Lord, but by and large, I spend time with him every day of the week, every week of the year. I don’t say this because I’m fantastic; I say this because I’m a broken and sinful person, desperately in need of the healing and love of Christ every single day. It’s spiritual life and death for me; spending time with Jesus is the only thing that keeps me hopeful, kind, and loving—because he is hopeful, kind, and loving. When I spend time with him, I become more like him, and that is what I need most of all.

When it comes to getting time reading the Word, praying, and journaling, I’m committed to spending daily time with Jesus because I’ve discovered that more than time and money, more than romance and entertainment, more than fame and Facebook, Jesus is worth everything. Absolutely everything. He holds time in his hands and he, himself, is everything of value. He is the deepest love and the richest reward. He is the only famous one and the friend of all. He is the prize. He is the treasure. He is the King.

And I have been given the gift of not only being saved from my sin but also of being healed from the inside out by his love and mercy and grace. Spending time with him is a deep privilege. Knowing him is an opportunity greater than any offered on this earth.

It’s worth it, to me, to spend daily time with Jesus, because at the end of all days, Jesus is all that I will have. I want to live my time here on earth knowing him, learning his heart, staying captivated by his goodness and his truth. I don’t want to be surprised when I finally meet him face-to-face. I want to know this Savior I follow as much as I can here on earth.

Spending time with the Lord doesn’t have to look any particular way; for me, it involves reading the Bible, journaling my prayers, and often, singing songs of praise to him. But there are many ways to spend time with Jesus, and you may need to mix up your normal routine if you find your attention waning or your heart growing hard. Consider going on prayer walks to keep your mind and body focused, or think about pulling out your notepad and writing poetry to the Lord as a form of worship. Listen to the Bible on audio as a new way to engage with Scripture. You can paint for the Lord, dance for him, even bake—pray as you measure and pour! The aim is to keep our hearts centered on the goodness and nearness of Christ, and to immerse our minds in his Truth.

So as 2016 whispers in like a song yet to be sung, let’s turn our time and our hearts, again, to Jesus. He is so worthy, friends. And completely available to meet with us every day of the year.

 



8 Responses

Jean
Jean

January 19, 2016

Thanks for using your God-giving gift of writing and you ability to express His worthiness.

Kyla Fetzner
Kyla Fetzner

January 08, 2016

Yes! Thank you for sharing this perspective, Ann.

Kimberly
Kimberly

January 05, 2016

Oh.my.gosh!!!! Yes! This is something my husband and I are trying to focus more on. I don’t like goals, I like steps to make a plan happen. And this feels like that! As a business owner people always try to tell me and ask me what my goals are. And I dislike that. I keep climbing and that’s it. I know what I want and I take steps to get there!!!

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Charity
Charity

January 05, 2016

Thank you for sharing your heart and inspiring me. Jesus is so worthy!!

Charity
Charity

January 05, 2016

Thank you for sharing your heart and inspiring me. Jesus is so worthy!!

Jennifer Camp
Jennifer Camp

January 05, 2016

So blessed by your beautiful love of Jesus. Such a gift to my heart. Thank you!

Kelsey
Kelsey

January 04, 2016

Absolutely love this. Wishing the best for you this year!

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Sandra
Sandra

January 03, 2016

Love this SO much. Thank you, Ann.

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