We did it!! We made it through the busy season of Christmasing! Shopping, parties, travel and family. We even made it through Christmas Eve services and even Christmas day. Now what??
Well I guess the next obvious thing would be to make a new years resolution-right? The most common ones are: I’m going to lose weight this year. I’m going to join a gym and live a healthier life this year. Or one of my favorites, I’m going to take more time for myself-and then, March hits and we’ve fallen back into our old unhealthy habits and the gym becomes wasted automated monthly debit.
As I grow older and become a spectator of life as well as a participator, I asked myself this question. Why do many people (including myself) make promises to themselves that they usually break in the first quarter of the year. Is it because they didn’t really mean it? Did they just not have enough willpower to keep it going? Arggghhhh! As a matter of fact, growing up, I don’t remember “resolution” being a big word in my house. Mother would always say, “If you say you are going to do something, you should do it. If you want something in your life, make a plan to get it. If that plan goes awry, then make another plan.” And one of my favorite things she would say, “If you even think you can’t do it, then just don’t commit. Your word is your bond.”
As I was taking my walks this week, a thought came to me that I also posted on my social media page. Instead of waiting until the new year to make a change-whatever it is-health, relationship with others, relationship with your Savior, why wait? Why wait until the new year to make these changes? If you are really serious and your mind is totally made up, why not do it right now? Why not take advantage of the precious time that has been given to you and maximize it? We all know that tomorrow is not promised to us, but right now is-because it’s right now. Whatever you were going to wait to change in the new year-consider changing it right now! What if Jesus had decided to wait before He went to the cross?
Edith Marlo Wright