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    Why I Don’t Make New Year’s Resolutions

    January 1, 2010

    Apple with bite

    I don’t make New Year’s Resolutions; I make daily ones. I got the idea from an old prophet.

    In the Old Testament book of Lamentations (chapter three), Jeremiah is having one big pity party. He feels the pain of Israel’s broken resolutions and is about to give up on everything and everybody, including himself and God (whom Jeremiah is sure must be against him as well). Until…

    “But this I call to mind,
    and therefore I have hope:

    The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases
    his mercies never come to an end;
    they are new every morning.”

    Suddenly poor old Jeremy remembers God’s mercies (Hebrew, “hesed”), or covenant love. At the end of the day–at the end of his rope, his hope–God’s steadfast love is what remains. New mercy will be waiting in the morning, after his long, dark night of affliction.

    From Jeremiah I learned that God’s mercies are new every morning–not every year. That means if I fail at keeping my latest resolution, I get a fresh start within twenty-four hours.

    Actually, I don’t have to wait until the rooster outside my window crows. I think Jeremiah is actually telling us that God is abundantly merciful, always merciful, instantly merciful. When the apostle Paul told the Philippians to forget the past and reach for what lies ahead, he meant the pastwhether it’s ten minutes, or ten years in the past. God’s mercies–his “hesed”–means my future is one fresh start after another, starting now. No failure of mine can interrupt “the steadfast love of the Lord.”

    So here goes. My “New Day” Resolutions:

    Today I resolve to limit myself to one Lindt Truffle and no more.

    I resolve to eat an unfulfilling-but-healthy apple.

    I resolve to get outside and walk, unless it’s in the single digits. Then I resolve to move to Florida.

    I resolve to figure out what’s for dinner by noon. I resolve to have it on the table by five (-ish). I resolve to smile sweetly and bite my tongue until it bleeds if they don’t like what I make. I resolve to hire a cook.

    I resolve to not raise my voice at the children.

    I resolve to be a respectful, non-nagging wife.

    I resolve to write a blog post (check).

    I resolve to get myself in bed by ten o’clock so as to awaken tomorrow well before the kids do and enjoy an early morning tea with God.

    I resolve to run into God’s ready arms if I fail.

    I resolve to listen when He tells me I am loved anyway, and that tomorrow will be a fresh start.


    (image credit: www.cookindineout.com)

    6 thoughts on “Why I Don’t Make New Year’s Resolutions

    1. Annie says:

      Love it!!! Thank you, Cuz!!!

    2. Prairiemaid says:

      Love your blog. I can really identify with much of what you have written.

      BTW- Linda Woodie *blessed* pointed me in this direction.

    3. Kelly says:

      I completely agree! Why wait a whole year to make a new resolution if you broke the one you made on New Year’s Eve. I think it’s silly. I try every day to live life pleasing God and meeting His goals & mine. When I screw it up I try again tomorrow!

    4. An unfulfilling apple??

      How about a sweet, juicy, crunchy YUMMY apple instead?

      Love you Sister!

    5. Anonymous says:

      “I resolve to run into God’s ready arms if I fail.

      I resolve to listen when He tells me I am loved anyway, and that tomorrow will be a fresh start.”

      Thanks for that.


    6. Mary,

      No amount of adjectives can change the fact that I am a carb addict with a serious lack of appreciation for fruit. 🙁 Sad, but true. However, I don’t want to die young, so I make myself eat something colorful at least once per day. 🙂

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