New Years Resolutions, Wesleyan Perfection

We’ve reached that last point in the year, and some of us are scrambling to find things to resolve to do better next year. New years is a time for us to reset and rewind and take up anew the things that we tried last year or to have a celebration over all the little victories won. On New Years Eve, we come either triumphant from last years wins or resolved to try again. 

Just like everybody else, I join in trying to find ways that I can better myself. I get down to taking a stark look at my life to figure out where and how I need to improve. The process of self examination is uncomfortable because it admits what most of us are pretending isn’t true.

We aren’t perfect.

I’m not anyways. 

But we all want to be. We all want to be better, happier, more complete from the most light hearted to the most painfully introspective among us. When we get satisfied or we are already making progress “pressing on towards the goal” it’s easier to be light hearted. When we are struggling with things at work, in our families, in our friendships, or anywhere closer to home, the brutal honesty comes out, and we start reaching deeper in.

I think this is where Wesley’s idea of perfection really helps me sort myself out. He makes it clear we aren’t going to be without temptation, nor are we going to be without disease, and we can’t be the hero. Perfection for Wesley is all about love, we are being perfected in love. Wesley believes we will “grow in grace unto eternity”.

This is a powerful image for me. First, we can be confident of one who began a good work in us to bring it to completion. Second, that growth, that exploration of love, that finding meaning, all go on forever. They will always be showing us a new face a new facet. 

What ever your resolutions are this year, I hope you do them out of a love that draws you in deeper. A love that draws you to get to know your significant other a little better, your parents a little better, your kids a little better, your God a little better, and yourself a little better, strangers a little better, the world you live in a little better. Because there’s always more to love and more to learn in how we love. 


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