Have you made a New Year’s resolution? I don’t know about you, but from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day it has been Mardi Gras. I’ve probably eaten my weight in sugar delights and unhealthy snacks. I’ve also made poor food choices at mealtime. Normally, I’m in better control of my caloric intake during the holidays and in general. However, this year I’ve been like a woman in a game show given an empty grocery cart and five minutes to fill it up. The prize is that I get to keep whatever I load in the cart for free. Now, I’m wearing it and have unwanted weight. So, it’s probably not hard to figure out what my New Year’s resolution is.
The New Year seems to bring with it a longing for change or bettering ourselves in some way. According to studies almost 23% of resolutions made are kept to the end of the year. Also, many resolutions are forgotten by March. Why? It’s because most resolutions are too broad or too ambitious.
If we want to change something in our life or about ourselves, we need to make realistic goals and take small steps. When we make reachable goals, it’ll keep us encouraged and engaged. Once we meet our first goal, we can make another one.
For instance, I want to lose weight and exercise more. I’d like to lose 30 lbs. in total but my New Year’s resolution is to lose 10 pounds. I also want to add 30 minutes of weights or aerobic exercise 3 times a week to my daily walk, but I’ll start with 10-15 minutes instead of 30. Each time I reach my goal I’ll make another.
Losing weight, breaking a bad habit, or trying to be a better person is more than a resolution, it’s a lifestyle change. This means in order to succeed, we must change the way we eat, talk, or do things. In other words, we must retrain our minds to think a new way and find different behaviors and thought processes to help us reach our goal. We should accept that we’ll falter along the way. The key is to not give up but keep going. If we persevere even when we fall, we will reach our goal and perhaps go beyond.
Paul said it best in Romans 7. When he said he doesn’t do what he should do or what is right but has the desire to do what he shouldn’t be doing. It’s easier sometimes to do the things that’s not in our best interest rather than work on change or doing the right thing.
Because of this propensity, it’s good to have someone to hold us accountable. It can be a friend and most certainly we can call on the Lord. Sometimes, the Lord is the only one who can help us overcome our tendencies and make change.
I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I (Jesus) have overcome the world. John 16:33