"Stay committed to your decisions, but stay flexible in your approach" - Tom Robbins
I think it's a great thing that people want to make a life style change when it comes to the new year, usually it's change for the better. In fact I believe it is God inspired that we want to make changes for the better. What I do realise though is that as humans (conditioned by the mediocre lifestyle), we often and commonly do not appreciate the massive changes that are required to maintain that particular decision. The initial intentions are honest and great effort is invested, but maintaining and adjusting to a new way of thinking and a new life style pattern is key to this change.
My new years resolution is usually to lose some beef, but by the end of the first month I've turned back to the convenient diet, otherwise known as mediocrity. What then?....wait until the new year? God forbid.
The new year may be the threshold for us as the thought of a "new" year must conjure up thoughts of a "new" beginning. But why wait until the new year? Wouldn't making the change right here right now be more effective then waiting until the new year?
For example, a wedding is a huge deal (likened unto the anticipation of the new year). Two individuals are committed to each other, and it is our understanding that their commitment to each other didn't take place at the wedding, it was in secret when both the bride and groom entered into a verbal contract and sealed it with an engagement ring. So it must be with us, our new years resolution is done in secret, and we may keep it secret in fear of failing (for whatever reason) until such time the new year has arrived and we are able to assess and measure whether our commitment was as sincere as we thought it was.
As soon as we publicise and reveal the secret, we avail ourselves to criticism, or commendation. So why shouldn't you reveal the changes to someone? Start with God that's always the perfect start, then have someone you can trust hold you accountable to your decision.
I would like to blog my commitment in this forum, whoever reads this can hold me accountable and feel free to hit me up in the following year for any progress or lack thereof. Next year I have committed to being the Youth Leader at Edens Landing Seventh-Day Adventist church, and it is my commitment to rally the youth that are a part of this church family. Young people who may not be there physically but by all means are seen in the hearts of the ELSDA family. It is my commitment to lift Christ to such a point where "mediocrity" is unacceptable. This must begin with me of course, and I don't see this as a small feat.
Make the changes now, prepare to work hard to maintain it. Don't settle for mediocre, or status quo, or responding with "nothin'", when asked "hows it going?", Louis Torres often says, "Aim for nothing, and you're sure to hit it". Your life was purchased at a high price, so with that in mind, stay true to your value!
In the meantime, I'll go prepare my salad for tomorrows lunch.....
For he says, “In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.” I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation. (2 Cor 6:2 NIV)