Small Resolutions

Have you made your resolutions? Have you broken them yet? New Year’s resolutions always seem to generate loud groans when I mention them in a sermon or meeting. The annual ritual is so fraught with anxiety, guilt and ridicule, that is is sometimes hard to take them seriously. Yet, what better time to take stock of your life and pledge to make changes than on the fresh, clean slate of a new year?

One of the problems with most resolutions is that they are too small. Resolving to lose ten pounds, or organize your closets or take more walks is to commit to a relatively minor strategy of self improvement. Each of these may be a worthy endeavor, but none of them provides the sort of motivational lift that we need to make a true change.

To make a real change think about what you are trying to achieve, not just a strategy that may help you achieve that goal. For instance, I want to be healthy so that I can live fully and perhaps, God-willing, live longer to see my grandchildren grow up. That is a big goal that may motivate me to truly eat better and shed a few pounds. Or, I want to experience more of life and have fun, so I’ll spend some time organizing my closet so it won’t take so long to get ready each day and I’ll have more time to do what I want to do. Or, I want to experience this beautiful world, so I’ll get out and walk more to see it each day. Resolutions that lead to action are focused on what we wish to be, rather that on just what we need to do.

Want to make some changes in life? Think big.

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