It’s the first Monday of a New Year. With all the craziness going on in my life, I kind of avoided January 1 as being the beginning of the New Year. I decided early in the week of January 1, 2014 that I was going to post-pone any “New Year” thoughts or behavior patterns until the first Monday.
Okay, okay. I’m kinda late on the New Year thing. And I’m kinda weird. But, for this, I just have to make it work for me.
SO, it’s Monday. Now what?
I don’t do New Year’s resolutions. The end.
Now your are really troubled by my direction. I mean, where could I possibly be going with this?
As I thought about this post last week, I had so many thoughts come to mind.
Why don’t I do New Years resolutions? Basically because I am a believer that we should constantly be making choices for betterment of ourselves and the things around us. For me, it is a constant endeavor to be better than I was yesterday. Am I successful? I don’t know. I hope. Do I fail? Sure, I do. Do I keep trying? YES!!!!!
When we set New Years resolutions, we say “This year…..”, or “In 2014, I want to…..”, but what about “Today…….”?
Today I will share the love of Christ with those I come in contact with.
Today I will start a new relationship with my spouse.
Today I will eat nutritionally.
Today I will work as unto the Lord.
Today I will show gratitude not only to the Lord for the little I have, but also to those around me.
Today I will not complain.
We have choices in our lives that have impact on not just ourselves, but those around us. Actually, EVERY choice we make impacts others. Some have a greater impact than other choices.
Today, I will deny myself. There are so many things I would love to do that would just benefit me. But, instead, I will find ways to point others to Christ. Does someone need a simple phone call? That is probably one of the things I like to do the least – talk on the phone. Make room in my schedule to babysit a small child while their mom goes to the doctor, or some other appointment. Clean the house, or cook a special meal for someone. Or, maybe it is simply sitting in the quiet of the moment, to spend time with God.
Today, I will take up my cross. Is there a burden I think is unbearable? Is there a situation I have totally been avoiding? Today, what does God want me to do with it?
Today, I will follow Christ. As I am progressing through the day, I will focus on Christ. What is the response He would have me give to my children? My parents? How would He have me schedule my day? How can I better show Him to those around me?
New Years resolutions – once you are fail, you are a failure for a long time.
A daily choice – If I mess up today, I get to start all over in just a few hours. I have so many more opportunities to be who God would have me be when I do it one day, one choice, at a time.