For several days now I have been prepping myself for the “New Year”. How about you? How much time do you spend wondering about the year to come and how you will be spending it? And what your Resolution(s) will be?
tfc or That Fish Church is the church my husband and I pastor. We lead a small family fellowship on Sunday evenings and I have been getting ready for the “New Year’s” day sermon. I have been reviewing top lists of the most often stated New Year’s Resolutions and spending time reading scriptures about regret, resolved, relationships, and restitution. There are so many “R” words to consider.
John Maxwell gave me another “R” word as I listened to “A Minute with Maxwell” the word reflection. (http://johnmaxwellteam.com/reflection/)
This is the first year in many, very many, that I personally do not feel as defeated in the area of weight loss and healthy choices. Not because I have even come close to reaching the goal, but because I have actually managed to stay focused and somewhat committed to the goal. Thanks to some wonderful gal friends of mine I am walking 2 or 3 times a week. I have been to the gym, not consistently, but I have been! I have modified my eating habits and it has helped me to hate the scale less. Instead of gaining the dreaded 10 pounds through the Holidays, I lost 10. So my resolve is improving and that is encouraging!
I read an article this morning in the Tacoma News Tribune about a Fircrest teacher Wendy McConkey that lost 302 pounds; she began her process in 2006. Her journey really was a 5 year goal and how wonderful and amazing her transformation is and how impacting for those of us who struggle with weight.
Here is another link to view as you decide and consider your New Year’s Resolution(s) for 2012 it is a discussion on not regretting regret by Kathryn Schulz (http://www.ted.com/talks/kathryn_schulz_don_t_regret_regret.html) and the value of making a decision and regretting it almost immediately, but learning not to regret regret.
I read a blog post by Laura Anderson about her 2011 resolution (http://adventureswithlaura.wordpress.com/2011/12/30/i-kept-my-2011-new-years-resolution/#comment-188) and how she had made it her goal this year to blog at least once a week, and she did it!
The point of this blog? Well I have not done a blog entry since last April (that resolution went by the way side way to fast) and it is time to get back to it and to not regret having failed at it. To not give up! To keep running the race as Paul would say in the New Testament book of Philippians.
Choose your resolutions with resolve. Huh? Daniel 1:8 (NIV) “But Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine, and he asked the chief official for permission not to defile himself this way.” He purposed in his heart and went forward with that purpose. He asked permission because it was needed for his request. Sometimes we need permission from our spouse, family, friends, or employer to pursue that which is before us such as going back to school or changing careers. Certainly seek God’s wisdom in your choice; “Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.” 2 Cor 7:10 (NIV)
Wishing you a very blessed and accomplished 2012. Consider the “R” choices and choose wisely my friends.