Resolution: Don’t Be A Walking Corpse
What is your New Year resolution? If you are like me you are starting to formulate a New Year resolution plan now. If you are like me, that resolution will be a distant memory by January 7th.
This past week I looked through an old journal I once kept and I stopped to read an entry dated December 28, 2001. This entry represented my last New Year celebration before I began a serious and Socratic method study of God, the Bible and Jesus (which began in April of 2002). I was fascinated to read what I was thinking, what were my dreams at this time and what were my aspirations and resolutions for the coming new year.
They were all selfish and worldly to the extreme and I can’t recognize the man who wrote those words. I was a dead man walking.
Dead man walking. That phrase describes how life feels apart from God – shunning His purpose, slogging forward, feet stuck in the mud. I know all about it. For 33 years of my life, before I gave my life to Christ, I was a dead man walking. Heck, even after having given my life to Christ I feel this way when complacency begins to set in.
When we’re outside of God’s plan for our lives, we resemble a pile of lifeless bones (Ezekiel 37:1-14). Like Adam at creation, like every newborn person in Christ, we need that first full breath of life from the Holy Spirit. Without it our heart and mind remain stagnant and lifeless. We resemble a fresh corpse, skin wrapped around bones and nothingness. Unless God’s Spirit animates us we remain dead. Walking dead.
We constantly need God. It really is that simple.
Sure, our clanging and rattling bones make noise as we go about our lives. However, they can only create an empty soulless sound. Our busyness and activity provide no assurance that we’re moving forward for God’s Kingdom. That was me in that journal entry from 2001. Making nose, rattling bones, busy, active and seemingly just fine. But I really wasn’t – I was dead and I didn’t even know it.
The question is, are we preparing for life now or for life later? That’s really the question with New Year’s resolutions isn’t it? Life now or life later?
Focusing on the here and now is like carefully combing our hair before heading into a hurricane. Yet, we invest hours in the new diet, making our bodies look better, managing our money, making our cars cleaner, adding on to our homes, vacationing etc. Our time would be far better spent working our relationship with God – serving Him, working for his purposes, displaying His glory.
If we don’t, we’re no better than a bag of dry bones. God sees us as so much more. He sees our eternal possibilities. He bought us with great sacrifice (1 Corinthians 6:19-20). We honor Him when we live as the priceless beings we are, filled with the breath, the very Spirit, of God.
This New Year’s Eve let’s all resolve to relentlessly and recklessly pursue God. Let’s resolve to fix our eyes and our hearts on Jesus. Let’s resolve to find new ways to serve Him, to labor for His purpose, to shine His light into this dark world and to display His glory.
Besides, if you are like me, there is no way that diet lasts past January 7th.
Michael Homula, Executive Director of ICU Mobile
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Michael came to ICU Mobile, the pioneer and leader of mobile ultrasound ministry, in October of 2010 from the for profit world where he has over 18 years of corporate recruiting leadership, executive search, human resources and consulting experience.
Called to vocational ministry after an intense time of prayer in 2008, he could not know then that his personal story as an adopted child would lead to the leadership role of ICU Mobile. His birth mother, whose husband was fighting in Vietnam, was raped following an office party in 1969 and became pregnant with Michael as a result. Faced with difficult and confusing circumstances his birth mother chose to carry him to term. In what can only be described as the ultimate act of love, she endured labor and delivery so that he would have life and subsequently placed him for adoption through Catholic Families and Charities in Cleveland, Ohio.
The Psalmist in 139:13-16 speaks of being knit together in his Mother’s womb; that the Lord saw his unformed body and ordained all of his days before any of them came to be. Michael is certain that serving at ICU Mobile is what the Lord had ordained for him before he was born and as he was knit together in his mother’s womb.
Michael brings a proven, well documented track record of success and high performance in business and ministry. He was an award winning and well documented recruiting industry thought leader whose career highlights include leading two well recognized recruiting teams at FirstMerit Bank and Quicken Loans where he won back to back Recruiting Excellence Awards in 2005 and 2006 from the Electronic Recruiting Exchange.
He founded and directed Bearing Fruit Consulting, a full service recruiting strategy consulting firm working with both secular business, national and global ministries, missionaries and Bible believing evangelical Churches. He has worked with some of the larger, best known and highly productive corporations and ministries as well as some of the “best kept secret” small and mid size organizations and ministries in the world today.
A sought after consultant, key note/inspirational speaker, and conference presenter, Michael has been blessed to speak and share his recruiting expertise, knowledge and success as well as his personal story and testimony with corporations, small and mid-size businesses, ministries and churches all over the United States.
He attended the United States Military Academy at West Point and holds degrees in Political Science and History from Kent State University. Michael loves to cook, read, enjoys all sports, is a passionate follower of Notre Dame (Go Irish!) and is an avid student of the American Civil War, specifically the battle of Gettysburg. He really loves to spend time with family and friends and vacationing pretty much anywhere there is a beach, warm air and water.