The One New Year's Resolution I'll Actually Try (Post-Grad Life, Ch. 2)

Mostly I think New Year's resolutions are stupid.

If you didn't do anything about it on December 31st, why is January 1st the golden ticket? It ain't Willy Wonka. They make you feel good for 8 or 9 days, and that's about it. Feel free to disagree.


I'm going to try one on.

It's not about losing 30 lbs, loving my wife perfectly, or praying 7 hours a day. I'm doing it because I think I can do it.

I'm going to use smaller words.

Back story: when you write lots of college papers, you use words that you never thought you knew. Just because I love you, I pulled a little sampling of words that were actually used from the last 4 1/2 years:

"Contemporary plausibility structures," vivified, "conservative and liberal dichotomy," "malodorous sweating," proleptic, "risus paschalis," "autonomic opposites," "convoluted missiological discipline," "Reformation infiltration," "fastidiously," "Pia Desideria," "volitional promise," spurious, "indomitable pain," "proffering definitive resolutions."

And so it goes.

Those words are good, and I'm glad I used them.

But I notice that those big words aren't just a way of writing or talking. They're a way of trying to get everything right, of diving down to the bottom of life to figure out what it all means, of making everything harder than it needs to be.

So when I say I'll use smaller words, you can read between the lines.

It's break time, and you can find me by the water cooler, making things more simple than they are, singing Jesus loves me, and [being with everyone as simply and honestly as I can manage. Maybe then the focus will shift away from me & all the mysteries I'll never have good enough answers for. And maybe then I'll begin to get a sense of God's grace.] *

p/c: Raygen Brown

* Matthew 6:6 (MSG): "Here’s what I want you to do: Find a quiet, secluded place so you won’t be tempted to role-play before God. Just be there as simply and honestly as you can manage. The focus will shift from you to God, and you will begin to sense his grace."