It’s hard to believe it’s 2019 already. It seems like we started 2018 just yesterday. A New Year brings with it a new beginning. Every year I make New Year’s resolutions and by February, they are but a faint memory. This year I decided not to make any so that I wouldn’t break any.
Now as I look forward to a fresh year and a new beginning, I find that without some resolutions I lack direction and hope for a better future. New Year’s resolutions cause me to plan and look forward to things. Even if I break them, they’re always there in the back of my mind haunting me and reminding me I need to get back on track. The next New Year makes me want to do better at keeping them than my last.
Most resolutions made are for self-improvement in order to do better than we did the year before. I believe that when I make my resolutions, they should involve the mind, body and spirit. Because of this I have belatedly decided to make some resolutions and see how long I can keep them.
For my mind I plan to read more to expand my knowledge base and to rekindle that enjoyment I get from reading. I plan to read mostly positive and uplifting works so that it is easier to control my thought life and keep it focused on good and positive things. This is healthy for the mind, body and spirit. Negativity only brings us down.
For my body I’ve decided to treat it more like a temple – a holy place – though imperfect - irreplaceable. God created for me a unique body and has commissioned me to care for His creation. By year’s end I had slipped into the ocean and almost drowned in icings, fats and unhealthy snacks. Busyness prevented me from exercise. I plan to eat healthier and workout more.
For my spirit I will connect more with the Lord. I resolve to spend time daily with Him – even if I can only spend 5 minutes – it’ll be a focused five minutes. I plan to pray more, read my Bible daily and rely more on Him. I certainly have tried it alone and I’m not doing such a good job. It’s time to do it His way for a change.
It is my prayer that I get beyond February in keeping these resolutions. I know I’ll have days when I fail, but the key is to get back on track the next day. I also need to rely on God to help me stay on track.
Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Isaiah 40:28-29