I've written a couple times in our church newsletter about how much I love new beginnings. Since New Year is the ultimate new beginning, of course I have always thought about resolutions on New Year's Day. The problem is follow-through ...
In the past, I've resolved:
- to lose weight
- to get more organized
- to live within my budget
- to exercise (not more, just to exercise!)
I wouldn't even get through January before I had given up!
The problem was I didn't have specific goals. I resolved to lose weight. Suppose I had resolved to lose 10 pounds that year? That's a much more doable goal. Instead of resolving to exercise perhaps I could have started out with 15 minutes of exercise 3 times a week and worked my way up.
Also, I always resolved several life-changing challenges at once. If I had just resolved one thing a year in 4 years I would have attained my goals. Instead, here I am with nothing accomplished.
If there is one thing you can say about me, I'm not a quitter. So, yes, I'm making 2009 resolutions -- but not too many. Just two. Two that I can actually visualize accomplishing.
- First, I'm focusing on the spiritual. I'm going to memorize scripture. I'm not going to go all crazy and say that I'm memorizing whole books of the bible or anything. I'm learning two scriptures a month, 24 a year. That's doable. I'm going to be accountable and join in with the siestas at Beth Moore's The Living Proof Ministries blog. Last time I looked, I think about 2300 others are going to do the same thing! I know I can do this.
- Second, I want to lose one pound a month. I always want to think of weight loss in terms of 30-40-50 pounds and get no where. If I accomplish my goal of one pound a month, at the end of 2009, I will have lost 12 pounds. Losing 12 pounds can be the catalyst of a bigger weight loss that I need to make. And it won't be gaining! It's really discouraging to end a year weighing more than at the beginning.
To accomplish both goals, I know I will need help from the Lord. I am asking Him for inspiration on what verses He wants me to "hide in my heart." For weight loss, I also ask Him to help me use the fruit of the spirit that is already within me: self-control.
There you have it, my personal 2009 goals to strenthen body and spirit. To my readers that see me in person, ask me how I'm doing with my goals. I need the accountability!