Yep, it’s that time again.
New year, new opportunity to renew commitments to myself. Looking back over the past few years, I realize that my resolutions have focused mainly on self: lose weight, get more organized, spend more time in Bible study. All are good, wholesome (and hard-to-keep) commitments, but ultimately, every resolve revolves around little ol’ me. And the longer I live, the longer I realize it’s not about me.
Don’t get me wrong.
This year, I do plan to run, stretch and exercise. A lot.
And study scripture and pour out my heart to God. Every day.
And organize a lot more stuff. Starting with my closet.
But more than that, I resolve to…
- be a friendly face to more people I meet. And to be a better friend to those I already count among casual acquaintances and close confidantes.
- show my faith in action to others. To live with more integrity. And show more of the grace and mercy I receive when I fail.
- honor my family with more thoughtful menu choices.
- honor God in more ways. And let Him show me those ways.
- look for opportunities to make our home the most pleasant place for family and friends to gather. More frequently.
- spend more time enjoying the company of those I love. Because time is the one thing we can’t make for ourselves or save up for a rainy day.
- and to look harder for the good, in those I meet and in whatever situation I find myself in. Because whether you look for the good or the bad, you will find it.
I heard this quote recently during a sermon, and it seems a fitting way to sum up my resolutions.
“Being sensible that I am unable to do anything without God’s help, I do humbly entreat him by his grace to enable me to keep these Resolutions, so far as they are agreeable to his will, for Christ’s sake.”
–Jonathan Edwards, 1722
So what are you resolved to do this year? Do share…it increases your odds of following through on them, you know!