I love the fact that the beginning of a new year is such an important thing in this world. (Insert sarcastic inflection.) In truth I have come to the point that I am sick of the obsession of people with this trend. In the interest of honesty I have to acknowledge that I have been caught up with this trend in the past. The ideology behind this trend sounds so good at first that it is difficult to see why it is actually a very bad thing.
Most analyses I have seen of the most common resolutions for the last few years have been relatively similar to those in years past. Take into account the fact that in many cases the same resolution is being made by the same individuals year after year and you see that it is basically a meaningless tradition empowered by hype. Although that is enough to make me have a healthy disdain for the New Year resolution idea, I also have a more serious problem with it.
I am a person who loves the big picture and struggles with the details. (Translated this means that I have a million projects started that I have yet to finish.) 😦 Beyond that I think that many Christians are the same way. We see the need to learn and grow and yet we put off the actual work of Spiritual growth. We know that there are sins in our lives that we despise and see as un-conquerable. Yet how many times have we tackled these seeming giants in our lives only to fall again and feel as if we were the biggest failures in the world?
Well, to be honest I think that this is the same mentality that is prevalent in the New Year’s resolution area. We want to do well. We want to read more, lose weight, exercise regularly, and so much more but about the middle of January these resolutions have been cast aside and left behind in the wake of what we often call the reality of life. Some analysts suggest that many fail because they set themselves up to fail. They set unrealistic goals and of course fail to make things happen and so discouraged yet again they quit.
While I am not suggesting that being overweight or ill-read, or out of shape are good things I do believe that they are not nearly as important as other matters. Matters of the heart and soul. Yet because we have fallen prey to the trap of the New Year resolution mentality in our Spiritual walk we set aside goals that we know we NEED to achieve simply making excuses in order to appease our (once again) guilty consciences. Let’s not fall prey to this worldly pattern. Let’s set out, not on a resolution spree, but on a purposeful decision before God to honor and love Him. When we as simple specks of dust stand before the creator we get the true perspective we need, and suddenly those giants in our lives are seen as what they truly are.