Eliza Witherspoon, 14

New Year Resolutions Ftr TSP 461924673For me, New Year’s resolutions are overrated. I might be excited when I initially pledge to lose weight and to start a much healthier diet; but after a few weeks, I begin to lose interest. The bathroom scale does not fluctuate. By the next January, I remember my goal and make a new resolution to lose weight; and by the end of that year, I feel and weigh the same. The cycle continues. Although this is not true for everyone, the experience is not uncommon.

How do we keep the spark alive? How do we stay motivated? I don’t think that New Year’s resolutions need to happen only in January. Instead, they should be as frequent as we need them to be. Resolutions are about looking at our lives and relationships and trying to improve them. Having monthly, weekly, or even daily resolutions might lead to more positive results than yearlong resolutions.


Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
Romans 12:12 (NIV)

TRY THIS: Make a list of a few goals or resolutions you want to focus on this week. Think about what God is calling you to stop, change, or resolve. At the end of the week, reflect on your positive actions as well as your stumbling blocks. Then set realistic goals for the next week.

—from devozine (January/February 2014). Copyright © 2013 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.
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