Resolved: to be as smart as I used to be

ResolutionsHave you ever had one of those moments where you realize that the younger version of you was smarter than the current version of you?  That happened to me recently while reflecting on my resolutions from years ago.  Here’s what I had written several years ago as part of my New Year’s Resolutions:

I resolve to ask five key questions at the end of each day:

  • What did I procrastinate today?
  • Whom did I encourage today?
  • How did I lead others today?
  • What am I proud of today?
  • Where did God show up today?

This was not the only resolution I made that January, but it should have been.  If I did these five things every day, I’d be a better husband, father, pastor, leader, and more by now.  That would have been smart.  Perhaps this year as I think about resolutions it would be smart if I listened to that younger version of me!

Maybe you’re not a “resolution” kind of person.  Maybe you’ve made and broken too many resolutions, and just decided you don’t want to add more failure to your resume.  But let me urge you to reconsider.  Let me urge you to think about what this next year could be if God actually showed up and began to transform your life.  What would your January look like if Jesus met you in the kitchen each morning and walked with you through your day?  Where would he encourage you?  Where would he challenge you?  Where would he nudge you?  Where would he heal you?  Where would he stand in your path and point you toward a different way?  Let those be the basis for your resolutions.  And let God be the one who gives you strength to persevere and change this coming year.

I hope you’ll join us this month as we learn to develop strong, healthy habits that will allow us to change and grow in the coming year!

-Pastor Mark

P.S. Yes, I’m making the list above my resolution again for this year!

Posted on January 4, 2013, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Camille Bisceglio

    One of the most powerful messages for me in 2012 was about “training” vs. “trying”. This really hit home for me, and I realized that whatever the goal is, saying “I’ll try” is already leaving the way open to fail. So, now I am all about the training. Every day, every morning I renew my comittment to train and I have found success in that comittment! Anything of value we strive for takes hard work, effort, and training!

  2. You know what they say. The hardest person to lead is yourself. And that’s why a personal coach can make all the difference. They won’t let you forget about your resolutions. 😉 These are good questions. Made me stop to think about what questions I need to be asking myself daily during this season of my life and based on my current priorities. good idea. I will give it a try.

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