My {new} New Years Resolutions

As this year was coming to a close and Moviestar and I have been remembering the year past and the disappointments we’ve faced, I’ve really began to ponder how I want 2013 to play out. Obviously, as a Christian I follow God’s leading in my life and because sometimes {most of the time} my plans don’t work out how I want them to I have to change course drastically. However, that doesn’t mean we should stop planning and hoping. James 4:13-15 says, “Come now, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit’— yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, ‘If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.'” So, I make plans, pray for God’s help and direction and adjust as the year goes on.

So, what are the plans I have for 2013?  What are the things I want to do, accomplish, in this next year? Oh of course I could run down the usual list of losing that extra weight {and keeping it off}, exercising regularly {to get more healthy} and getting my home in order {i.e. some remodeling, repainting, and reorganizing}. I do want to do all of those things, but I also have some more personal, relational goals for myself.

As I was watching the 1970 version of Scrooge with Albert Finney {a movie my sister and I traditionally watched every year with our Dad} I was reminded of the simplicity of life.  In this version, the Ghost of Christmas Present says, “There is never enough time to do or say all the things that we would wish. The thing is to try to do as much as you can in the time that you have. Remember Scrooge, time is short, and suddenly, you’re not here any more.” We as humans try so hard to make so much out of life. We complicate it.  But it’s really so simple and Jesus spelled it out for us when he told His disciples that the greatest commandments were to love God and to love others.  Okay, so of course I love others.  I try to always be kind and treat people well. But after watching this movie and shedding a few tears for lack of some things in my life, I’ve decided to make changes.

So, {along with my superficial goals for the year} I am determining to :

  • Be kinder to all people. I am generally a very nice person, however over the past year or so I’ve grown a bit calloused, easily angered and found I have less patience with people. This causes me to snap quickly and say things I don’t mean. It is an inner change that needs to happen, but the outer change will be kindness and patience with all, no matter the circumstances.
  • Stop listening to, participating in or perpetuating bad talk. I work in retail and that workplace {as probably most} is a haven for gossip. Especially because not everyone who works there sees everyone everyday so it’s easier to talk behind someone’s back. Again, I’m not usually one who starts gossip, however it is hard to stop it once it starts and thats something I really want to get away from.  It does nothing but bring everyone down and usually make me angry because I’m talking about a frustrating situation or person. No good.
  • Communicate with my family more. I do see my mom and 2 of my sisters once a week and I talk to my mom a good amount but I’ve realized that there are a few people I almost never talk.  My brother {who lives in San Francisco} is really busy but we need to make the time to talk. My Dad lives near Palm Springs and when we talk its always for about an hour but it’s so sparatic that I sometimes feel like we don’t know each other anymore.
  • Make time to visit with them more, not just holidays. Lastly, I really want to begin to make more time for visiting family. It’s hard to get away with work and all but Moviestar and I really have to make an effort to see them and spend time with them. I know it would mean a lot to them and I would feel better about making them a priority.
I also have some serious New Years resolutions for myself personally.  I really want 2013 to be a year of change in my life and I know that if I pray for the Lord to help me and make a real effort He can change me from the inside out.

What are your New Years resolutions?

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