Saturday, January 1, 2011

Resolved!

There is something special about the new year. With a new year comes a chance for each one of us to start again, a chance to determine to do better, to lose that weight, to change those priorities, to eliminate those bad habits. However, as I’ve been thinking the last few weeks about what I would like to change this year, the following song keeps coming to mind.

I have one deep, supreme desire,
that I may be like Jesus.
To this I fervently aspire,
that I may be like Jesus.
I want my heart His throne to be,
so that a watching world may see
His likeness shining forth in me.
I want to be like Jesus.

He spent His life in doing good;
I want to be like Jesus.
In lowly paths of service trod;
I want to be like Jesus.
He sympathised with hearts distressed,
He spoke the words that cheered and blessed,
He welcomed sinners to His breast.
I want to be like Jesus.

A holy, harmless life He led;
I want to be like Jesus.
The Father’s will, His drink and bread;
I want to be like Jesus.
And when at last He comes to die,
“Forgive them, Father,” hear Him cry
for those who taunt and crucify.
I want to be like Jesus.

O perfect life of Christ, my Lord!
I want to be like Jesus.
My recompense and my reward,
that I may be like Jesus.
His Spirit fill my hungering soul,
His power all my life control.
My deepest prayer, my highest goal,
that I may be like Jesus.
This year, I want to be more like Jesus. There are lots of things that becoming more Christ-like entails in my life. There are priorities and habits that need to change. There will be struggles and burdens I will have to bear. But, come what may, I want to be like Jesus.
What about you? Did you make resolutions this year? I’d love to hear about them.

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