With each passing year I become more disillusioned toward New Year’s Resolutions. It seems to just provide an excuse for a person to make promises to herself (or others) and then break them. No wonder the holding power of a vow has long since atrophied, when a mere change in the date is all one needs to throw her hands up in the air and proclaim, “Well, at least I tried!”
So, this year, I am instead focusing on my New Year’s Restitution.
Restitution is the bringing back of something or someone to its original state. The word has its beginnings from the Latin word restituere, from re- ‘again’ + statuere ‘establish’. To ‘again establish‘, or to ‘establish again‘. So, what exactly am I trying to re-establish?
Not What, but rather Whom.
I wish to re-establish myself as the Redeemed Creature of God. To bring myself back to that place of continual Sanctification. Staggering through the doors into the Throne Room of my Father, falling at his feet, and begging forgiveness for my last year’s obstinance and pride and self-servance. I desire to re-establish the Joy of my Christ in my soul and to learn to reach out to those around me when I only feel like curling in on myself.
What about you? Is there a restitution that needs to be made between you and the Creator?