New Year – New Beginning – New Goals – New Dreams. It happens every January. Which seems redundant and yet every January we need it! I was thinking about my last year’s resolutions today. I usually just move on at the beginning of a new year. I close the door. I did what I did, victories and mistakes! But this time I wanted to look back and see where I did well, and what I didn’t quite accomplish.
So many things can happen over the course of a year. We start things and stop things, we transition, new friends come into our lives and old friends leave. We change jobs, houses, and cities. Well, at least I did! We experience new highs which stretch us and walk through lows that solidify and bring clarity.
I don’t really like resolutions. So I usually just have ideas that I want to implement. I’m so competitive, even with myself, that it’s my way of moving forward without feeling stressed that I’m not doing well enough!
So in my review, I noticed that there were some areas I had committed to that I have gotten lazy with. Anyone else out there gotten lazy with your previous resolutions? Maybe you started out strong and then wavered somewhere around April-May…and then just let it go?? Or, failed in your Bible reading program, gave up on your financial goals, or eliminating that negative habit that has haunted you? Maybe you hit your goal for losing weight by June, and then gained half of it back by December. It happens!
So what do we do? Do we carry failure? Will I just cover it over and pretend it didn’t really happen? No!! I’m going to Re-Up my commitment and move forward. Last years idea is still a good idea. That’s the beauty of our life in Christ. The fact that there are new mercies every morning means there is also new strength, more grace, more inspiration! With God there is always MORE! So, I’m not going to get hung up on what I didn’t do, but focus on the God who gives me the strength to Re-Up with new mercy, grace and stamina to continue forward in my growth
Paul said it well…forget what is behind and press forward to what is ahead. That is a spiritual principle for us to practice. Let’s not get bogged down with failure! For me, there will be no new resolutions this year. I’m simply going to Re-Up what I let go of, AND THEN, go after some big ideas for this year…so I will go with the ideas as the Holy Spirit inspires me, and in His strength I will accomplish them. #ItsThatSimple #Don’tMakeItComplicated #GetInspired