Happy New Year!
Yes, I said the R word. Love ‘em or hate ‘em, resolutions help us focus on what is ahead.
But here’s the thing about resolutions. They are scary. Once you write them down on paper, they grow big hairy legs and fangs. At times, you feel like they are chasing you. You know you should be doing SOMETHING about those lofty ideas you wrote down in front of a cozy fire on New Year’s Eve, but you just can’t seem to make any progress. Again.
So you close the notebook on that piece of paper, put it in a drawer (not-quite-accidentally chopping off a hairy leg as you slam the drawer closed) and quietly block off that soft spot of your soul that so desperately wanted to change, wanted to accomplish something significant, wanted to be more.
Ever been there? I have. More times than I care to think about.
So let’s do something about it. Let’s quit doing the same old things that lead to the same old failures.
Let’s Do A New Thing …. Together.
Every Monday and Thursday in January, we will look at New Things we can do to win at some of the most commonly broken resolutions. I’ve lined up a group of my friends to help us. I am so excited about this series and to kick us off, I wanted to share three reasons we failed at resolutions before and how this series will help THIS TIME be different.
1. We look back at past failures
Forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:13-14 (ESV)
There is a difference between learning from our mistakes and dwelling on them. Focusing on past failures keeps us focused on ourselves. Our New Year, New Thing series is all about pressing forward toward a goal God has called us to …. one where a closer walk with Him is the ultimate prize.
2. We try the same old things
From this time forth, I announce to you new things, hidden things that you have not known. Isaiah 48:6 (ESV)
What’s that old definition of insanity? Doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting a different result?
Each post in this series will feature a New Thing, a fresh approach, something maybe you haven’t tried before from someone who has seen it be effective in her life.
3. We don’t have the right tools or resources
Now may the God of peace … equip you with everything good for doing his will. Hebrews 13:20-21 (NIV)
Admit it. In a pinch, you’ve tried to use a high heeled shoe to hammer in a nail. How’d that work for you? Maybe got the job done, but not the best solution. With each post, we’ll be highlighting tools and resources you can use to make real progress towards your goals.
Here are the commonly-broken resolutions we will tackle:
• Saving money
• Being healthier
• Spending more time in the Bible
• Getting organized
• Stressing less
• Learning something new
• Spending more time with family
You will have to come back to see who is writing for this series. But they are top-notch. I promise. Ministry leaders, published authors, business professionals … truly experts in their fields. I am so honored that they have partnered with me to bring this series to you.
Y’all, I have struggled with every one of these things at one point or another (like, yesterday for most of them!). Let’s do it. Let’s make this the year we outrun the hairy-legged monster. See you back here Thursday!
How do you feel about New Year Resolutions? Are any of these something you want to work on this year?