New Year’s Resolutions: “Start the New Year Right”
Sound familiar? We attach strong emotional significance to the end of the year and to the beginning of the next. It’s so powerful in fact that a lot of money, fanfare and general hoopla go into ushering in the New Year.
“Start the New Year Right”. What was wrong with last year? Why do we want to leave last year behind? Was it really that bad?
Well … yes. Emotionally. More disappointments can be felt as the old year ends. We may have lost a loved one last year, or we may be reminded about someone we miss. Maybe it’s because of what the holidays are supposed to be. Even the happiest of celebrations can be disturbed by family squabbles and old resentments. Undercurrent of pain can ebb and flow. Thankfully, we can depend more and more on God and on the innocent smiles of children as they open their presents.
But really, the holidays should feel happier, shouldn’t they?
The end of the year approaches and the urgency of our feelings of loss or disappointment may intensify. The clock strikes midnight, the ball drops, and … whew! … We get to start over now, right?
New Year’s Resolutions: 1) follow Jesus more; 2) spend more time with family; 3) lose more weight.
Wow, that’s a lot! What if I don’t make it?
Here are some suggestions to help improve results from goal-setting. Goals need to be SMART, that is, Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Time-targeted. What do you want to change? Keep the objectives daily and small: 2% change practiced three days per week over a span of many weeks, one day at a time, can result in a fundamental change in my lifestyle. For example, I want to continue losing two pounds per month until I hit 175. Little things can grow into healthy habits. And if you will, ask God: he has a plan for each of our lives, and the more that my goals are first his goals, the more power is available to grow in the right direction.
‘And the one sitting on the throne said, “Look, I am making everything new!”’ (Revelation 21:5a, NLT)
Author, Chris Teipel