It’s the time of year when everyone writes or talks about their New Years’ resolutions. Pastor Bill mentioned on Sunday that he doesn’t make them as he always breaks them. Me, too. Today is January 5th, and already I’ve broken two of mine! Not too encouraging …
According to the Newsletternewsletter, psychologist Cliff Arnall calculated that the Monday in the last full week of January is the most depressing day of the year based on a combination of bad weather, Christmas debts, broken New Year’s resolutions and the end of the holiday break.
Wikipedia gave the definition of a New Year’s resolution as this: “a commitment to a personal goal that an individual makes to a project or the reforming of a habit.” It goes on to say that “recent research shows that while 52% of participants in a resolution study were confident of success with their goals, only 12% actually achieved their goals. Men achieved their goal 22% more often when they engaged in goal setting, (a system where small measurable goals are being set, such as, a pound a week, instead of saying “lose weight”), while women succeeded 10% more when they made their goals public and got support from their friends.”
Only 12% actually achieved their goals. Again, not too encouraging. Kind of makes you feel like not even trying.
However, one of the first messages I received in the new year from “On this day, God wants you to know” was …
“ …each day is a day in the making. At any moment, you can make|
a different choice about what you are doing, how you are feeling
and what you are focusing on.
It is never too late to start over again and make new choices.”
And the first few lines from a poem I ran across, author unknown, read …
I am the new year.
I am an unspoiled page in your book of time.
I am your next chance at the art of living.
I am your opportunity to practice what you have learned
about life during the last 12 months.
Now that sounds encouraging!!
Maybe the reason I’ve failed to keep my resolutions in the past is because I’ve chosen the wrong things to work on. Does it really matter if I am more organized when I should really keep the goal of bringing my Bible to church every Sunday? Does it really matter if I am a better housekeeper when I really should strive to love and forgive more?
To make resolutions or not … did you, and what were they?
And in the long run, aren’t we blessed with the knowledge that God knows we are going to fail, and loves us anyway! In his eyes, we are … forgiven … redeemed … loved.