Devotionals

5 New Year’s Resolutions That Won’t Go Out Of Style

One of my favorite quotes right now is,

There’s nothing special about January.

-Lara Casey

It gives us permission that January doesn’t have to be the only time where we evaluate where we are and identify where we want to be and put good things in place to help get us there.

The hype is there in January…we are excited when the ball drops and confetti explodes and it feels like a fresh start is right at our fingertips begging us to just say “yes”.

This year, for the first time in a long time, I said “yes” to making a New Year’s resolution, and I actually vowed to quit something.

I know a lot of friends that were doing this. Quitting social media, eating junk food, watching The Office for the fifteenth time…they were quitting something in order to make space for something else.

But did you know that according to Forbes that only 8 % of the population keeps their New Year’s resolutions?

So that means, whether we are quitting something or adding something on or revamping something that already exists to make this year bigger and better than the last,

the likelihood of us abandoning our resolutions heavily outweighs the probability that we will KEEP our resolutions.

Whomp, whomp.

But don’t lose hope.

There’s nothing special about January…imagine how much we are missing out on if we rely on January to be the start and end date for everything we want to do. Also- don’t feel the pressure that whatever resolutions or goals you set have to be things that you only get one shot at, that have to happen right away, that are all or nothing. Some of the best resolutions are things that we have to keep working at, that we may fail at, and we will wake up tomorrow with a fresh start.

There are five resolutions we’ve come up with that will never go out of style and that can be implemented and re-implemented at any time.

 

  • Be Kind- Ephesians 4:32

Kindness is cool, didn’t ya know? But in all seriousness, it’s never too late to make kindness a priority. We aren’t always going to get it right, but we can always get better. And when we are told to be kind and compassionate, it is important to breathe that in and exhale it deeply because we never know how our prioritization of kind over “cool” is going to exemplify Jesus in a brand new way!

 

  • Be Patient- Romans 12:12

Do you feel like someone paid us to put this on the list? We promise, they didn’t. But maybe it feels like that because you’ve already been thinking this needs to be something you address with yourself. Patience is easy when it comes to talking the talk, but so difficult when it comes to walking the walk. Work on your strut, because working on this will serve you well in the long run!

 

  • Be Generous- 2 Corinthians 9:11

I’m not just talking with money, even though that’s good too. What would it look like if we were generous on EVERY occasion? That means every area that we have something to give, we give it. Freely and without reserve.

Your time, resources, gifts and talents…

Your friendship, influence, leadership abilities…

Don’t underestimate yourself. You were made for this and for so much more.

 

  • Be Present- 1 Corinthians 15:58

Quite frankly, this one can be so hard. Especially when we see something more exciting on the horizon. Maybe you feel a tug when you read “Be Present” towards your school or your sport or your family…maybe you’re a senior getting ready to go off to college and you just can’t wait. Don’t forget, while all of what’s new and fresh is exciting and probably so well deserved, you have a current dwelling place. A current season that needs your attention. A friend that needs your eyes and your ears. It may be too early to disengage, but it is never too late to re-engage.

 

  • Love God, Love People– Matthew 22:37-40

This one should really go at the top of the list, because according to Jesus this is the greatest commandment. It’s never too late to start using our time better to spend more time with the One who authors our stories, completely and without neglect, He is in every detail and to love Him is to know Him. Coupled with that, our deep desire should be all the people we know and love and haven’t met yet should be aware and reminded of God’s extravagant for them as well.

Now, don’t go taking these all on at once and jumping ship on your other goals like learning a musical instrument or another language or reading 100 books in a year. You are SO capable and gifted and equipped to do all of these things.

Just remember, “there’s nothing special about January.” It’s never too late to start, finish or re-evaluate. You really can make 2018 the best year yet…

Meet the author

Celeste Elizabeth

Celeste Elizabeth

Celeste Elizabeth is honored to be a writer for BigStufs blog, but this isnt her first interaction with the summer camp. She was an intern in 2014, came back as summer staff in 2015, and has since been writing for BigStufs blog. Even though her home is in the beautiful city of Colorado Springs working for Red Rock Church as their Communication and Programming Director, she considers BigStuf family and will partner with them whenever she gets the chance! Celeste is a major fan of coffee, a lover of books and words, and is incredibly passionate about the next generation. Check out more of her writing at thecelesteelizabeth.com!

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