As I began to think about the difference between being resigned or being resolved, I realized they both kind of go hand in hand. Once a resignation is in the works, we are resolved to reach even greater heights in the new endeavor. In the late 1700’s, the English colonies resigned their support for the King of England and were resolved to gain their freedom. We all know how that played out and realize now the sacrifice that occurred to make it happen. The same principles are played out in our life when we resign to one way and resolve to another. When a resignation of employment is rendered, it brings joy and relief to one side and can bring surprise, anger, and/or resentment to the other. It is a choice. It is an end to one era and a beginning to another. Some people are resigned mentally from their position long before the decision is ever officially made. Others work hard up to and through a resignation and if you were looking in from the outside, you would have a hard time deciphering if there was a resignation in the works at all.
Even if there is not an official resignation at hand, there are other things to resign from daily. In business, we need to resign from poor choices, wasted time, entitlement mentality, laziness, procrastination, and taking for granted the things we should be grateful for. We should resolve to simply give our very best each day and be good stewards over that which we have under our authority. We should resolve to put our heads down and be diligent with each opportunity, and not just simply exist in the time and space provided. Ultimately, we should be eternally thankful that whatever we are resigning and resolving to do, it is puny in comparison to the sacrifice and magnitude of the American Revolution.