Goodbye to New Year's Resolutions
“I no longer believe in New Year’s Resolutions. I believe in daily resolutions.”
I saw this on instagram and immediately felt more at ease.
To be honest, I’m not feeling like my best self right now and I know there are going to be a lot of New Year’s Resolution messages and challenges that are going to prey on that feeling.
It's not that I've given up. I’m actually thinking a lot about 2022 and what I’m working to become over the course of the year. But I’m gearing up so I don’t fall for the hype or quick fixes.
I’m excited about where I’m going… but I know it’s going to take time to reach my goals. They won’t be accomplished in a sprint from January 1st to February 1st (do typical resolutions even last that long?!) Good thing I’m a marathon runner. I’ve learned the value of long, steady and slow efforts.
At a conference I attended years ago I was reminded that God doesn’t overwhelm us with tons of to-do’s. That’s Satan’s tactic. Long lists of things we need to do, be or change are overwhelming. We either burn out fast or more likely we don’t start at all.
God’s way is much more loving. He gives us one or two things to work on - a principle taught many times in the scriptures. Does “small and simple” or “line upon line” sound familiar? I’m working on embracing small, simple steps and believing in the compound effect of those small efforts. I’m working on faith to take God at His word.
One of the things I love about using my Disciple of Christ Journal for my daily study is the “Act” section. Often during my study, prayer or meditation I’m prompted to do something. Please note: it’s usually something small. For example, this morning it was a thought to text a friend. So simple, but it is a connection I’ve neglected and might have pushed off… especially this busy week between holidays. I have never been prompted to do something incredibly overwhelming or complicated… that’s simply not how God works.
I love my daily check-in with heaven and I love the principle that line upon line I can become my very best self.
There’s a reason we’re called Small Seed.
What small seeds are you planting and nurturing as we start the new year? We’re cheering you on!