Hey everyone, I’m back! (Along with most of blog-ville).
Hard to believe, but this may be the last time any of us make any New Year’s resolutions…if those sneaky Mayans have their way. Why aren’t any of the Presidential contenders discussing how to win the war on Mayans. Ron Paul, I’m looking at you, sir.
You probably had some victories and some defeats like me. You may have had some prayers answered, some unanswered. 365 days ago, you probably set some goals that you either don’t remember today, or you remember how you failed miserably.
Rinse and repeat. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Why make the same, pointless resolutions when you can make one that will actually stick.
It’s a Mess, but It’s My Mess
Why do people make goals and resolutions year after year and fail time and again?
It’s like people whose house or desk is a mess, but they say they have a “system.” There’s a method to the madness. If they tried to straighten up and get organized, they wouldn’t know where any of their crap is.
That’s what our lives are like. Sure, we’re a mess. We’re unhealthy and disorganized and lazy and life’s a mess. But it’s our mess, dang it! And we love our mess. It’s warm and comforting and familiar, like an old dirty blanket. And if we ever tried to straighten out our mess, we wouldn’t know where anything is. We’d flip out like the hoarders on cable TV.
We make resolutions to clean up our act, but we love our mess too much. Heck, we’ve gotten this far with it. Why change now?
So don’t bother making any resolutions, unless it’s to clean up some mess in your life that you absolutely, positively, cannot stand another moment. Otherwise, you’ll give up and go right back to wallowing in your old mess.
Only One Resolution
If you want my opinion (and why wouldn’t you?), you should only make one resolution. This one resolution can apply to everyone, everywhere. It does not require any physical exercise. You don’t need to buy any equipment. It will literally solve just about any of your problems.
My one resolution is this:
Can we please just think. Think before you eat. Think before you speak. Think before you blog. Think before you turn on the TV, tell a joke, make a criticism, say a prayer, curse under your breath, spend more money.
Heck, think before you make pointless New Year’s resolutions and waste money on a gym membership you’ll forget about in three weeks…unless you like feeling like a failure. Is your resolution to be more of a failure?
Most of All
And most of all…
Christians, now that Christmas is over, can we try to think before we pick a fight? Seriously, I’m glad Christmas is over just so we can take a break from all the backbiting. And hardly any of it makes sense. As one of my brilliant friends pointed out to me, how does it make sense to try to force non-believers to take the Lord’s name in vain by saying “Merry Christmas?”
Ah, but we enjoy fighting more than thinking. Fighting is more fun. If we spent any time thinking, we wouldn’t have nearly as much to fight about.
This year, American Christians will be more tempted than usual to be divisive because it’s an election year. There will be people all around trying to divide us, and all that division depends on us not doing much thinking. Can we be a little less eager to fight and be divided over men and women we know relatively little about?
That’s my hope for 2012. What are yours? Are you hoping for a breakout with your job, your blog, or your family? Do you think this is the last resolutions we’ll have to make?