January. The first month of the Gregorian calendar. Historically the coldest month of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and the warmest in the Southern. A month that has promises of new beginnings, fresh starts, change for the better. A month where many will make New Year’s resolutions.
And here’s what I learned (thanks Wikipedia)…
Resolutions are not goals themselves, but they are a commitment to a goal, project or habit change.
Ugh. There’s that word that scares so many of us. Commitment. We struggle to commit to an invitation, to a gym membership, to a small group, to a church, to a job, to a spouse.
And why are commitments so hard? Because we can’t control the circumstances that surround them. A commitment implies we will see it through, no matter the circumstances. And let’s face it. We are some finicky folk.
I will get up spend quiet time with God every morning………even when this bed is far warmer than the floor my feet will find.
I will give up that daily $5 cup of java-goodness that will be beneficial to our finances and my waistline……….even when I have a coupon and totally deserve it!
I won’t let the kids watch so much TV and will instead plan and engage with them in stimulating, educational activities…………even when I haven’t checked Facebook all day and am several days from making plays on my Words with Friends games.
According to a 2007 study done at the University of Bristol, 88% of participants FAILED at keeping their resolutions. Confidant, committed participants. And chances are, if you are thinking of making a New Year’s resolution, you will fail too.
Truthfully, I don’t think we are really a culture that honors commitments anymore. Marriage is the most important, life-impacting, spiritually-designed commitment we make, and I don’t need to quote any stats for you to know how well our culture is doing there. Pitiful. (I am the resident Marriage Author and would love nothing more than to see that changed.)
Alas, my friends! Don’t lose hope! For this doesn’t mean we are destined to stay with our bad behaviors, poor excuses, and wavering willpower.
Instead, we need to let the grace that is offered through Jesus Christ to penetrate our thinking on this matter of changing ourselves for the better, and to realize that we are a….
And don’t forget, that sweaty, swearing guy at the gym, that annoying co-worker, that demanding boss, that frustrating spouse…..they are all a work in progress too. Let’s remember this month to extend the same grace in which we have received.
Just like each and every one of us, Fancy Little Things is a work in progress too! We’ve gone through lots of changes as we’ve launched a new vision, new design and new team in December, and we are not yet complete. We have more NEW things starting in January, including the launch of several Gal Groups! We will also be featuring more in our Blog & Biz topics, with a featured small business and blog each month from our growing directories, along with more guest posts, giveaways and follow-alongs!
Another area that is growing is our Community forums, so if you haven’t checked them out yet, please do! Get registered, add a reply, start a topic!!
Join us as celebrate an upcoming year where God continues to work in and through us!!
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