A Resolution You Didn't Consider For 2019
by Buddy Gosey
“Someday.” We’ve said it more than we’d like to admit. It has slowly become the most crippling word lived in the world today. Before the word is even spoken into existence, it has already gained a stranglehold on our lives.
“Someday I’ll go back to school.”
“Someday I’ll leave my rotten job.”
“Someday I’ll become a foster parent.”
“Someday I’ll try church again.”
Someday is always close enough to enjoy as a warm thought, without ever having to feel the cold draft of discomfort that comes with change. It hides behind the appearance of good intentions as we settle for partial credit earned by at least considering something bold.
I am no exception to hiding behind someday. It has filled slots on my calendar for years, but you know what? I’m done with it. I am ready to throw back the protective cover I’ve built over procrastination and expose my lack of willingness to the light, just as I would any other sin.
Someday must die and it must die today!
As we start off the new year, I’d like to challenge you to make a resolution that maybe you’ve never considered. A resolution that will require so much more than an extra two minutes a day to floss more (That was mine last year). My challenge for you is this—go an entire year without saying “someday”. Make 2019 the year where someday starts today.
Here are 3 things that will help make that happen:
1. Be Proactive in Deciding What is Worth Your “Yes”
Too often we lack both the boldness to commit and the courage to say no. Not every open door is a calling we should throw ourselves through, but when we feel burdened by an opportunity, it should at least be considered. Instead of doing the hard work of research, seeking wise counsel, and praying for guidance, we too often smack a someday label on it and move on. Not in 2019. This year will be different. If it is good enough to say someday to, it is good enough to make a decision on.
Be proactive and talk to a family who has foster children. Start looking at how much it would cost to go back to school. Put in a few job applications and see where that may lead.
Eventually, you will discover if this aspiration is something worth devoting yourself to or is an opportunity that you can confidently pass on.
2. Take Your Next Step
Some of us have had deep convictions for years that we know demands our “yes”. The problem is, we have no idea how it is going to happen.
You want to start a non-profit, but don’t know the first thing about applying for a 501c3 tax exempt status.
Credit card debt has got to go, but the bills come in so fast, you don’t even know where to start.
For years you have felt the pull to lead a church plant, but have no formal ministry experience.
The fear of the unknown has crippled you for months, maybe even years. If this is where you find yourself, let me encourage you with this. You don’t need to know every step of the process, you just need to know the next step and the end goal. Spend time figuring out what your goal is, and then decide how to take your next step. God has a habit of telling His people the what and asking them to trust Him with the how. Often it is only after the first step that the next two steps become clear.
3. Utilize What You Do Have
Excuses are the fuel that feed our procrastination. And the truth is, you may be limited on time, money, experience, or knowledge. The only way for someday to start today is to allow what you do have to dominate your thoughts and actions. Reject saving God’s blessings for another day so you can experience all He can do with it now.
If you have enough to take that next step, then take it! Sure it may deplete you and leave you in a place where you are lacking, but in that space, our God “is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work (2 Corinthians 9:8).
We know that ultimately more will be needed in the future, but the provision required can only be obtained by laying down the little we currently have at the feet of Jesus. Instead of offering Jesus our best excuse, we give him our best effort by utilizing what we do have.
I hope you will join me in this journey of experiencing our someday aspirations become a reality in 2019. For more truths on how to see someday start today, check out my book Enough:Someday Starts Today, which will be releasing on March 2nd, 2019.