It is that time of year again where we promise to stop eating so much junk food, hit the gym harder, stop watching so much TV, and the list could go on and on. There is something about the New Year that brings a sense of a clean slate and all the junk we’ve done the past year is gone. The chance to start fresh on January 1st is what we all look forward to…until that day actually comes.
If you are like me, then you know the feeling when you have been putting something off and you are to the point where you can’t put it off any longer. I am a very ambitious person, but the procrastinator in me pushes all that ambition to tomorrow or the next day. January 1st has traditionally been the metaphorical “brick wall” for myself and many others. So many good ideas have accumulated in our mind and because it is a New Year we are going to make them happen! But give it a week or two and we’re right back to where we started on December 31st…back to the same ole ways of saying, “I’ll do it later” or “maybe tomorrow.” Our intentions in making a New Year’s resolution are very good, but we can’t get past the “brick wall.”
I haven’t exactly figured out why we can’t stick to the things we commit to every New Years…but some good thoughts, prayers, and conversations have gone into this subject and I might have a few pointers to help everyone out. This is not some magic formula that will solve all your problems and help you go through with all your New Years resolutions. They’re just a few pointers that, to me, come across as Againstiflow!
Every year I tell myself that I am going to be a better Christian. Read my bible more, pray more, stop lusting, commit to church, commit to a small group, commit to every little bible study I can find, lead every homeless person I see to Jesus, etc. The task seems so huge to me that I quickly just give up and use Roman’s 7:15 as my excuse (“For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not what I want, but I do the very thing I hate”). What I have discovered is that this goal is much more manageable when I break it down into simple daily goals. My challenge to myself and to you is to not just be a better person or Christian, but to walk in the light that Jesus has put at your feet step by step.
Fresh Start Daily
When January 1st rolls around we have to realize that it is no different than any other day. The Bible says in Lamentations 3 that God’s “Mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning.” Every morning when we wake up is a fresh start and to steal from the wise Jimmy Buffett, “It’s 5 o’clock somewhere.” Well, it’s morning somewhere too which in our case means that God is renewing his mercies and his grace for us every second of everyday.
Stumbling is not Falling
When you are committing to your goals know that you are going to stumble a few times along the way. Don’t let one mishap ruin it all. If you mess up just keep in mind that you’re starting over right there with a clean slate. Set another simple goal and get it done.
It’s simple…just find a friend to team up with and get after it! It is wired in our human DNA that we cannot do life without the help of others. So team up and tackle these goals no matter how small you have to make them… TOGETHER!