Monday, January 5, 2015

New Year's Resolutions - Yada, Yada

What compels us to declare we're going to make some dramatic change in the New Year? It's like a new beginning but not taking into account it's still the same us from the previous year.

One of my Bible School teachers said it best: "By the inch, it's a cinch. By the yard, it's hard." I don't know if that saying originated with him or if he borrowed it from someone. One thing I do know: It stuck with me.

It's rare that we make major changes in an instant. Even when we ask Jesus into our hearts, growth happens as we renew our minds with the Word of God.

So, why do we think we can jump right in and fulfill all these resolutions? My personal opinion is that we're expressing our desires without any idea of how to achieve them. I yearn to draw closer to the Lord starting right now in 2014. How am I doing this?

1.  I've picked up my neglected journal. It's time to re-trace my steps and do the simple things. Saving 15 minutes on writing in my journal is not worth giving up that quiet moment sharing my heart with the Lord. Journaling and Bible reading nourish my soul.

2.  As I travel in my car, I'm listening to music that honors my Lord and CD's that feed my spirit. My focus is turned toward Him as I go about my day.

3.  I'm bringing EVERYTHING to Him, asking for wisdom, direction, and mercy when I totally mess up.

Life is made up of small, everyday decisions. Instead of expecting overnight success, why not opt for the baby step approach?

Writers and Readers: What changes would you like to make in your life? What will help you get there?

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Karen Lange said...

I am not good at resolutions because I often set my self up to fail with unrealistic expectations. So I set general goals, take it a day at a time, and pray about and work on character issues that are often the culprit for not making better headway. Self discipline comes into play here too, for I can always use more of that. :) Thanks for the inspiration for 2015!

Marja Verschoor-Meijers said...

Often we try to pile our new year's resolutions on top of last year's rubble... I like to reflect on a year gone by and wonder where I missed it or what could have gone better. Admitting mistakes and neglect and go from there. I haven't written down anything particular, but have decided to pray more specifically for certain situations.
Happy New year to you Susan, that blessings and favor will surround you.