Around now--mid to late January--you might find yourself slipping up on those ambitious resolutions you made while watching the ball descend one more time in New York City.
Recently, I found New Year’s Resolutions that I had made when I was in my early 40’s. Reading over what I had written then was, well, enlightening. There were a dozen “challenges” on the list The first item was the determination to lose weight. Imagine that! That was a flop and has been for the last several decades since. Half of the other items had to do with my performance in various roles: better parent, better wife, better friend, better teacher.... You get the idea.
Only one of the remaining items was related to my spiritual life. I was struck by the clear and distinct focus on myself.
Remember those greedy sea gulls in the movie Finding Nemo? “Mine! Mine! Mine! Mine!” Well, that’s what came to my mind when I read over my resolutions.
It was all about me becoming a better me.
I have given up writing resolutions for obvious reasons. Rereading over old ones is painful. However, I have recently found an old quote by Charles Wesley that has triggered a new resolve in me:
“Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.”
These are words worth changing for, worth living for, maybe even worth dying for. I’m done with writing resolutions, and I’m grateful to Wesley for writing this. I’m claiming it.
Instead of “Mine. Mine, Mine. Mine,” it is “His. His. His.”
A one-fits-all-forever resolution.