Resolution With Purpose

Note to self: This is the first Thursday of 2018. Make it count.

coffee, cup, laptop, memeHello, Thursday Morning friends! I hope you had a wonderful holiday season. In a way, it’s difficult to believe the season is already behind us. Did your holidays rush past like a whirlwind, or drag by, like a tired sloth?

I hope the former is true, because that means you enjoyed lots of activity. Now, on to the business at hand.

Are you a resolution person? Or do you roll with flow? (Click to Tweet)

I often resolve to do what’s right, but that resolve tends to dissolve a couple of months into the year. So, this year, I need to pay more attention to the small things. Toward the end of 2017, I became overwhelmed by all the to-do’s on my list. Too late, I realized I’d said “yes” too many times. My to-do list became a ball and chain.

I was so overwhelmed and discouraged, I even shelved my latest work-in-progress. Sound familiar? Why do we do this to ourselves?

Thankfully, all the kinks worked out. As soon as I set that WIP aside, the inspiration returned, and I was able to get back to it and finish before the end of the year–with hours to spare. 🙂

How do I avoid the traffic jam at the end of the year? It comes back to the paying attention. I need to be careful and prayerful about the things I say “yes” to. I need to think them through. I don’t want to be too hesitant, and miss out on things, but which ones are those? How do I determine what will end up on my list?

So my New Year’s resolution is to be determined. That sounds funny, as though I’m not sure what my resolution is, and I’m putting off the choice of one–TBD. That’s not the case at all. I aim to be more determined in my efforts this year. I want to accomplish the things I set out to do, whether that is taking care of my health, stretching myself intellectually, or spending more time with my loved ones. I’d love to do a bit of travel this year. Study the Bible, and share the love of Jesus more. Research a new book, and make lots of new friends.

These are the things that count in life. I hope you’ll do a bit of soul-searching, examine your heart and life and come up with something similar. Set your mind on it, and don’t give up. Keep yourself accountable. Leave me a comment, if you like. Share your resolution, or your word for 2018. Share your blessings.

Make life count.

2 thoughts on “Resolution With Purpose

  1. Tracy Ruckman

    Even though it makes NO sense in the midst of our current circumstances, my word for this year is THRIVE. The Lord sends me a word every year, usually late fall. He gets my attention by drawing my attention to the word three times in a short period of time. Then, as usual, I question whether that word is one I created in my own brain or heart, or if it’s really from Him. So I ask for more confirmation. And, like He did with THRIVE, He floods me with the word in odd ways. Friends or family will use the word in a random conversation, I’ll spot it on a billboard, or a bumper sticker, I’ll see it in a grocery store ad, or I’ll get a piece of junk mail with that word jumping out at me. So, THRIVE it is. And THRIVE I hope to do. 🙂

    Blessings to all of you in this new year!

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    1. Betty Owens

      That’s a good word, Tracy. It goes beyond survival mode to success or even victorious living. Thanks for sharing that. God bless your new year.

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