Mulling over the previous year’s “wish list” (aka New Year’s Resolutions), I contemplate how I have measured up to the ideal of “New Year, New You.”
- I vow to schedule homeschool lessons a month ahead of time
- I vow to loose weight
- I vow to get to bed earlier
- I vow to stop drinking coffee
- I vow to spend 1/2 hour per day exercising
- I vow….
Umm, not so hot. I missed more than I accomplished!
For this coming year, I am going to be a realist.
New Year, New You?
This year I vow to stop making resolutions. Period.
This revelation came about after the dreamer in me faced the disappointment (once again) regarding the lack of check marks on “the wish list”. The realist, ironically seeing the silver lining in an otherwise dark cloud, finally stepped in and vowed to stop making resolutions. This realist sees one basic truth in all of this contemplation and list making that the dreamer does not — even good plans are subject to change.
Change is inevitable. Change isn’t always bad. Change doesn’t have to be disappointing. Change does not equal failure. Most importantly, change can not be planned for in advance.
Now, I know what you are thinking. As a chronic list maker, you are panicked for me. You are wondering how I will handle my year. You are wondering how I’m going to get from point A (January 1, 2017) to point B (December 31, 2017) without logged flight plans.
Honestly, I can’t tell you that myself.
However, I can tell you that I’m not going to fret a “wish list”. Because I have the guidance of the Holy Spirit, I will conquer each changeable situation with confidence (Proverbs 16:9). God made a promise never to leave or forsake me (Hebrews 13:5). And given that promise, I don’t need to sweat the details in advance.
Step by step, I’ll deal with each day’s worries and needs (Matthew 6:25-34). And this year, that’s one vow I CAN keep!