It’s early January, and the official rules for bloggers state that I must write about resolutions. (That’s 100% accurate, but I’d prefer that you don’t fact-check that.) So . . . here we go.
At the end of October—when there were at least 60 days left in 2023 for people to make life changes—a survey of one thousand people showed they planned to make resolutions for 2024. Their goals included
- Improve fitness (48%)
- Improve finances (38%)
- Improve mental health (36%)
- Lose weight (34%)
- Improve diet (32%)
The top 14 list also included these: make more time for loved ones, stop smoking, learn a new skill, make more time for hobbies, improve work-life balance, travel more, meditate regularly, drink less alcohol, and perform better at work.
As I thought about what I hope for myself (and for you too, if I’m honest), I found that my goal didn’t even crack the top 10. In fact, nowhere—and I mean literally nowhere in my five minutes of internet research—did I see anyone who was praying for an apocalypse.
But I am—and I hope you are too. To be clear, I’m not talking about a scorched-earth-wasteland-end-of-time-zombie apocalypse. I’m talking about God’s definition of apocalypse—a revelation, an uncovering, a disclosure of knowledge.
In all honesty, I got the idea from Paul, a man who lived about two thousand years ago and wrote a letter to people who were living in Ephesus. These believers in Jesus were living in a society focused on worshiping Artemis—and all the businessmen and officials saw this new faith as a threat to their culture, their way of life, and especially their income. It was to these Jesus-believing people who felt at odds with the society around them that Paul wrote: “I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe” (Ephesians 1:17-19).
In 2024 as you pray to know God better and see the hope he has for you, this kind of apocalypse will impact your life and your eternity. The more you learn about him, the more you see that as God’s child, your value is not based on your performance or number on the scale or the weights you can lift. Every day this kind of apocalypse helps you open the eyes of your heart to see the hope he has for you, the inheritance he’s given to you, and the power he uses to act on your behalf.
Linda Buxa is a writer and editor whose three kids got her a cold plunge tub for Christmas. That has nothing to do with resolutions, but there’s a rule that if you are a cold plunger, you must talk about cold plunging whenever possible. (Again, that’s 100% accurate, but—again—don’t fact-check that.)