I knew it!
There was no need for me to stay up and usher in the new year...it arrived all fine and dandy by itself. Kudos to those of you who enjoy ringing in the new but that activity shed its appeal to me a long time ago. Want to know what's really funny though?
Rob and I turned lights out at 11:45 pm.
We're so goofy.
- exercise more
- start some kind of diet to lose weight
- read their Bible more
- pray more
- budget and manage finances better
"Now, is the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions.Next week you can begin paving hell with them as usual."
I don't think going to make these kinds of resolutions this year. Are there things I want to not do, or begin doing this year? Absolutely. And the dawning of a new year, even a wet soggy one like ours, seems like such a wonderful opportunity to begin fresh. But I think the reason we fail...I fail...so often to keep these resolutions for any length of time is because they're all very self focused. If my desire to exercise and lose weight or to be more spiritual or a better steward is tied back only to myself then it's like tying a rope around a blade of grass and hoping it's going to hold. If my goal is to just be the best me that I can be then I am doomed to failure.
Jonathon Edwards understood this I think. His list of seventy resolutions begins with "Resolved, that I will do whatsoever I think to be most to God' s glory".
So, if I'm going to make a resolution at all I want it to begin that way...to resolve for this year...all that I do be done to the glory of God. May He be pleased with the offering.