New Year's Resolutions
One of my favorite sweaters is an XL, purple Eeyore sweater that says, “Positive Pessimist”. So (please) ignore the pessimist side of my personality and enjoy the positive portion!
In a couple of ways, I am not a fan New Year’s Resolutions. If you know you need to do X….why not do it now? And I have observed that resolutions are often just a knee jerk reaction to the self-indulgence of Christmastime and devoid of strength or substance to form long-standing healthy habits.
But New Year’s Resolutions also have some things on their side. It is the one time of the year where our culture invites us to be introspective, to measure our lives and decide what is really important. New Year’s resolutions scream: I have purpose! They fly in the face of a society that is sliding further and further into a nebulousness that knows nothing, has nothing to live for and nowhere to go.
New Years is the opportunity to take the initiative and press on to high calling of Jesus Christ. And unlike everything else you can put off until “tomorrow”, New Year’s resolutions have a hard start date! These resolutions begin promptly and say, “I can make a difference.” They then take it one step further and accept responsibility to live the life God has given us – for His glory.
May your New Year start with a time dedicated to prayer and reflection in the quiet and thoughtfulness found only in the presence of God our Savior – whether you make a resolution or not.
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