Resolved: No Resolutions for 2011

It’s the first Monday morning workday of 2011 and I have just wrapped up my weekly prayer time with a couple of other men in downtown Orlando. Our conversation surprised me: no one has made any new year’s resolutions. Since the three of us tend to be future-oriented overachievers, I found it interesting not only that we had not made resolutions, but the reasons behind why we had abstained.

Basically, each of us has realized the need for a more profound sense of resting in God’s love in the present. We are inadequate; he makes us adequate. For me this translates into a fresh study of the meaning of the gospel in my own life, relationships and leadership. On January 1st I began looking at each occurrence of the word “gospel” in the New Testament. The ways Jesus, Luke, Paul and Peter use the word (which means “good news”) has already begun to blow fresh breeze through my soul.

I am praying this will impact the way I interact with people in 2011. Sometimes I receive feedback that my intensity and self-confidence unintentionally push away the very people who are closest to me. If I am living freely in God’s grace, experiencing the gospel each day, I hope that others will feel drawn to Christ in me. By God’s grace, I will have loved, lived and led better by this time next year.

How about you? What’s on your mind as you look ahead to 2011?

By Ken

Dr. Ken Cochrum (DMin, Bethel University) is Vice President of Global Digital Strategies at Cru (formerly Campus Crusade for Christ) in Orlando, Florida. An avid cyclist and aspiring guitarist, he also holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Texas and a Masters of Arts in Biblical Studies from Dallas Theological Seminary. He recently co-founded, a movement passionate about connecting people to Jesus using digital strategies. He previously served as vice president of Cru’s student-led movements worldwide. He and his wife Ann spent 13 years in East Asia where they raised their two children. Ken blogs regularly at

3 replies on “Resolved: No Resolutions for 2011”

I like it, too. I see how resolutions can be self effort to do better and get noticed for what I do. How much better it is to realize my inability to do better on my own and to rest in God’s love.

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