New Year’s Resolutions. Most people make them.
I’m sure we could put our heads together and come up with a list of the Top Ten New Year’s resolutions, something along the lines of…
- Loose weight
- Get in shape
- Get out of debt
- Be a better spouse/friend/parent
- Organize the house
- Yada-yada…I’ll forget about it in a month…
For the past few years, I’ve kinda skipped the whole “resolutions” thing and gone the My One Word route instead. Choosing a single word to help focus my year and pair that with a Bible verse.
For 2013, my one word was Create. I wanted get out of the way and let God be the one leading my heart.
This past year, 2014, my focus was Commit. I wanted to make sure that whatever I said “yes” to, I would give it my all.
So for the past couple of years, I have done what I can to move in a forward direction. My attention being on commitments I’ve made, to see them through and do them well.
This year will be something almost in the opposite direction…I plan to Fizzle.
To make a hissing or sputtering sound.
to gradually fail or end.
As much as it would amuse my daughter, I don’t plan to literally walk around sounding like an egg on a Texas sidewalk, but I do plan on taking my time when it comes to making decisions.
I do however, absolutely plan to quit, end, peter out, fail, abort, and, escpecially…
JUST SAY “NO”
I have a nasty habit of saying “yes” too quickly when opportunities arise for things I enjoy or am passionate about doing. Unfortunately, I end up in a pickle where my time is so divided, nothing I have committed doing, is done as well as I would want.
Instead of saying “yes”, I want to Fizzle and respond with something like…
Let me look at my schedule and pray about this first.
Easier said than done y’all and I’m sure it’ll sound a bit like I’m sputtering when I try to say it because…I don’t always have permission or the authority to say “no” to certain things. Or so I have told myself for many years. But I want so much to do a few things and do them well, rather than dabble in everything and do a bleh job.
Since I know I can’t do this alone, I’ve have been scouring Scripture, trying to find just the right verse to keep close to my heart and hopefully shut my mouth! The challenge has been with finding the right one.
Maybe you can help me? Here are the few verses I have jumped on so far and I would LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to hear which one you think I should focus on, or perhaps you have one that would work even better.
Here they are:
1. I Corinthians 10:23a. Just because I can do something, doesn’t mean I should…at least not at the moment, even if that thing is a good thing.
2. Matthew 5:37. This would be a little cherry picking since Jesus is referring to not making oaths. But I think it could work considering I want to think before I respond so that I don’t have to renig on a commitment I’ve already made.
3. Proverbs 21:23. This is another verse reminding me to hold my tongue before I say something. Though I imagine God was referring to making sure our words build up those around us.
So how about it? What verse do you think I should use?
Better yet, I would simply LOVE to hear how you are planning on focusing this year. Do you have a resolution? Or perhaps a Bible verse you plan to use to guide you this year?
By the way, if you want to start of your year with an amazing prayer, then be sure to pop by my dear friend Wendy Blight’s blog and read her New Year’s Prayer. You’ll be glad you did!