26 Dec Making a New Year’s Resolution
Making a new year’s resolution, often times for me, is tough. I have all these ideas and good intentions of making a commitment to be someone better… to grow in some way or another…. and there’s always some number I want to to see on the scale. I typically get to March and think, “Well… darn. That didn’t happen, did it?” The reality is, we should be committing ourselves to growth and betterment year round, but the beginning of a year gives us a fresh start, a new perspective, perhaps, and the perfect opportunity to reflect on the people we were last year and how we can make those people better. When thinking about 2017, I wanted to come up with a formula that I could use to design a resolution that I can apply to my life now and continue over the course of a year. What’s funny is that the formula I’m about to share with you is one that has been in front of me all year long… it’s actually been the base and the heartbeat of this blog!
We choose a New Year’s resolution to focus on the aspects in our lives that we want to grow in. How can we become better? What lifestyle changes can we implement to move forward in some aspect or another? The purpose of The H is For... is to inspire and encourage others to keep this way of thinking at the forefront of our lives. How can we live this life well and make the most of it? It’s kind of like a resolution all year round!
One verse in the Bible that I love is Luke 2:52
Jesus grew in wisdom, in stature, and in favor with God and man.”
There’s only one verse in the Bible that tells us anything about what Jesus was like and how He faired during his young adulthood and adolescence. That’s it. That’s the only verse. It’s our only guide into the man he was between the ages of about 12 and his early 30’s. I grew up attending a summer camp that put a focus on this verse as a model by which to design our lives. [Just FYI…these four categories of growth are what have inspired the 5 H’s of this blog].
So often say we want to model ourselves after Jesus, but it’s hard, sometimes to take a man who was also God and to model our very not-God lives after Him. How do we model our growth as a person who seeks after Him? I believe this verse is an easy template we can use to try to grow into the person we want to become. Isn’t that the heart behind making a new year’s resolution? How will I be a better person this year than I was last year? So, why not use this verse as a template when making your new year’s resolution?
When making a new year’s resolution, pick a way you can grow in each category:
WISDOM | STATURE | FAVOR WITH GOD | FAVOR WITH MAN
wisdom // How do you want to grow mentally? What do you want to learn more about?
stature // How do you want to grow physically? Find a goal you can con dently reach, add a tiny bit to it to push you out of your comfort zone and stick to it!
favor with God // How do you want to grow spiritually? Don’t let the growth in your relationship with your Creator fall by the wayside in 2017!
favor with man // How do you want to grow relationally? What is one goal you can make to grow in your relationships with your friends and family?
So, here’s my resolution:
My commitment to growing in WISDOM is… to be better informed on the current events happening in the world around me. I’m going to do this by committing to read up on what’s going on in the world. I’m subscribed to The Skimm, a news source designed for women to skim through and get exactly what they need to know about current events. They send you an email every day and put the news into words that just click! All you have to do is open your inbox and skim. That’s it. Not trying to decide if that article on Facebook is true or not, or trying to wad through various PARTISAN news outlets. It’s the facts. It’s concise. And it’s free. So, for me, it’s easy to commit to. Sign up for it here.
My commitment to growing in STATURE is… to take my health back into my own hands and get back on track with my commitment to fighting my autoimmune diseases [hoshimoto’s thyroiditis and hypothyroidism]. I’m committing to remaining gluten free and dairy free and I want to commit myself to being active more days a week than I’m not active [as in I need to MOVE MAH BOD-DAY at least 4 days a week].
My commitment to growing in FAVOR WITH GOD is… I wrote about this on my 30 before 30 bucket list… I’m committing to read the ENTIRE BIBLE this year. From beginning to end. BOOM. I want to grow in my faith and add ammo to my spiritual armor and fill my head and my heart daily with the Word of God! My church is doing it together [which is awesome to know because I decided this would be my resolution a LONG time ago] so they’ve mapped it all out for us! Want to participate? You can read about the challenge here.
My commitment to growing in FAVOR WITH MAN is… I am committing to put my phone the eff DOWN. I need to put it away and live in the moment and embrace the people around me in each and every moment. I’m committing to making a conscious effort to put it zipped up in my purse when I’m with my friends and family.
What’s your New Year’s Resolution? Share it with me here and we can hold each other accountable!