It’s been 28 days since we welcomed the new year. Many of us made a resolution, pledge, promise, goal, (whatever you want to call it) to be better, or make a change. According to ABC News, the top resolution for 2016 was enjoy life to the fullest. Isn’t that awesome? This was followed by quit smoking, lose weight and make more money. I like to exercise regularly and laugh to myself as I notice the number of cars in the gym parking lot start to dwindle around January 15th each year. I wonder what happened to the others who were so determined on January 2? Are you one of them? Think about these questions for a minute:
Did you start off strong and found that it was too hard and gave up?
Were your expectations realistic?
Did your goals become inconvenient for your lifestyle?
Let’s face it, we like to be comfortable. Sore muscles and eating salad everyday can be uncomfortable for many. But instead of focusing on the short term, focus on what the end will look like. Why did you make the goal in the first place?
As you assess and possibly modify your resolutions, consider doing a faith check up as well. Just like a personal trainer, God doesn’t want us to be comfortable. He wants us to trust Him completely. He wants us to use what we have been given. He doesn’t care how much money we make or how many deadlifts we can do compared to the other person. What matters to Him is that we do our very best and rely on Him when we feel weak.
“And now, children, stay with Christ. Live deeply in Christ. Then we’ll be ready for him when he appears, ready to receive him with open arms, with no cause for red-faced guilt or lame excuses when he arrives.” 1 John 2:28 (The Message)
What can you do if you’ve fallen away from the goals you made? Consider making them more realistic by breaking your goal into smaller chunks of time. For example, if you want to read the Bible this year, set your goal into weekly or monthly mini-goals. Make it manageable by setting a time of the day that you will read your Bible. The more specific you make your goal, the better…..I will read my Bible for 10 minutes each morning before work (M-F).
Goal setting is good for us; we just have to know how to do it in a realistic way. Do you need to re-set your goals? February 1st is right around the corner and a great opportunity to start again….don’t give up!