Here we are again! It’s the beginning of a new year, and once again I’ve made ZERO new year’s resolutions! Why you may ask? Because I’ve learned (the hard way) not to set myself up for failure!
In years past I thought that I had to make a new year’s resolution. I mean, it’s what everyone did right? I’d vow that I was going to lose weight, eat healthier, exercise more, stop nagging, stop procrastinating…the typical things folks resolve to quit. And I would! For a brief, and I mean VERY brief time. Then it would be back to the same ol’ Christa. Pleasantly plump-ish, junk food junkie-ish, couch potato-ish, witchy with a B-ish, unmotivated-ish Christa. It would be a brand new year, with the same old me. The guilt of reverting back was WAY more than this chick could handle! Thus resulting in NO MORE new year’s ‘RESOLUTING’ for me!
Part of that I say in jest, the rest is true. It’s not that I don’t want to better myself, because I do! Although, I am, for real, afraid of failure. It’s kept me from doing lots of things. But my main issue with making a new year’s resolution is that, in the past, I’ve always tried to make, and do them, in my own power! Not once did I ever ask God what He wanted me to change, or what area of my life I needed to work on the most. On my own, I can do nothing!
This year, the only resolution I’ll make (and I just now made it!) is to be more dependent on God. I resolve to trust Him, to seek Him, to read His Word more, to put Him first and to love like He loves. If I do that, I feel that everything else will fall into it’s proper place!
To some, that may seem like a ‘cop out’ resolution, or at best, really generic. After all, that should be the goal of every believer right? But I think if we all resolved to do those things there’d be a whole lot less resolutions to be made!
Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.’[a] 31 The second command is this: ‘Love your neighbor as you love yourself.’[b] There are no commands more important than these.” Mark 12:30-31