This post is written by contributing writer, Alina Joy from Good Old Days Farm.
We’re a few weeks into the new year. How are you doing with your New Year’s Resolution? Did you even make a New Year’s Resolution this year?
To be honest, keeping my New Year’s Resolutions are not my strong point. I have great intentions, but then I just kind of…forget. And when I remember about my resolution a day or a week or a month later, I feel like I’ve messed it up so badly there’s no point in even trying anymore.
(Important note: That’s the Devil telling me it’s more important to be a perfectionist than to put effort into improving myself. Beware because he might use the same silly line on you!)
I’m so bad at keeping New Year’s Resolutions that I finally just started making resolutions I knew I could keep without even thinking about it. The year before I got married my then-finance’s mother asked me what my New Year’s Resolution would be. “Oh, I think I’ll quit smoking,” I told her. Her eyes opened wide as she gasped, “You SMOKE?” You could see she was thinking, “This woman must never marry my precious-perfect son!” “No,” I told her, “So that should make this resolution really easy to keep.”
Moral of the story: Don’t joke around like that with a woman you barely know… especially if you plan on marrying her son one day.
Eleven years later, I’m still bad at keeping my New Year’s Resolutions. Every year I get all excited about getting a fresh start! I make resolutions to make this the best year yet! I write down goals for every area of my life and then I break them down into baby steps that will help me become more (whatever) and get more organized. Then I immediately lose the piece of paper. One beautiful summer afternoon in June I will suddenly stop whatever I’m doing and gasp because I’ve just realized that the year is half over and I can’t even remember what my New Year’s Resolution was!
Can you relate?
Friends, I have come to a very important realization. It’s really not God’s plan for us to get a fresh start once a year. The new year is based on the Roman Calendar. Do you remember the Romans being well-known for their strong Christian beliefs? Me either. The Romans were as pagan as it gets. Now I’m not saying it’s sinful to make a New Year’s Resolution, but let’s face it. When was the last time you actually followed through on your New Year’s Resolution?
My husband made me laugh last year. He planned ahead for two weeks to begin developing a particular new habit beginning on January 1st. I said, “Why don’t you just start that habit now?” However, being a bit of a perfectionist, he wanted to wait and start the new habit on January 1st. So January 1st came, then January 2nd. On the 3rd or 4th I asked him how that new habit was coming along and he suddenly realized that he had completely forgotten all about it! “Now I’m going to have to wait until next year!” he teased me.
Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,
for his compassions never fail.
They are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
This idea of a once-a-year do-over is not God’s way. God’s way says His mercies are new every morning. Every single day we get a fresh start. So if you’ve already messed up on your New Year’s Resolution tell that perfectionist in you to Rest In Peace… You are a child of the King of the Universe and as such you get another do-over beginning today! (And then tomorrow, and then the next day!)
And if you haven’t messed up your New Year’s resolution yet, would you mind leaving me a comment below with your best piece of resolution-keeping advice? I’d sure appreciate it!