New Year’s resolutions – yes, no, what?

New year, fresh start – that familiar mixture of hope mingled with concern about the consequences of last year’s mistakes. Like Janus, the Roman god for whom the month of January is named, many of us look both ways, backwards and forwards. And that’s OK.

But we can only move in one direction.

Whether you make official ‘resolutions’ or just vague plans to ‘do better’, it’s only natural to want good things – for yourself, your family, your friends.

I have resolved to work at becoming better at those things I already do well, and to replace bad habits with good ones.

Yes, I have plans and hopes and dreams — who doesn’t? But I refuse to fall into the trap of over-thinking (the paralysis of analysis). I will begin each day with prayer and in God’s word, then trust Him to help me every step of the way. I asked for a verse for the year and was given Proverbs 3:5-8 (NLT)

Trust in the Lord with all your heart;
do not depend on your own understanding.
6 Seek his will in all you do,
and he will show you which path to take.

7 Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom.
Instead, fear the Lord and turn away from evil.
8 Then you will have healing for your body
and strength for your bones.

In fortifying my resolve, I have been reading some encouraging words – maybe you will find them helpful, too. Read all of Rick Warren’s January devotionals, too.

And for the more serious and disciplined among us:

Remember the most important thing – captured in this post

Happy 2014 to you!


About verawrites

Progress not perfection - that's my goal. Live and learn - that's my motto. I like to share bits of wisdom and glimmers of insight gleaned on my life journey of 50+ years. My hope is to encourage, perhaps inspire, fellow journeyers. Each of us has something to share. Let's be generous, gracious and compassionate with one another. I am blessed to be a blessing... so are you!
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4 Responses to New Year’s resolutions – yes, no, what?

  1. bethbyrnes says:

    What wonderful sentiments and goals. Mine are similar. And, beginning and ending each day on my knees is something I practice routinely. Blessings in 2014!


  2. ingrid piacente says:

    My resolution was to reconnect with old friends… to untangle the web of our ongoing lives…
    even God answers us in strange ways..sets us on the path of reconnection. If you have an inclination to reconnect, please call me.


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