I’ve never been really hip on New Year’s resolutions. I don’t have the staying power to make them, much less keep them past January 14th or so. I’m a huge “excuse maker” even though, at the time, I don’t like to put it that way. They’re not excuses, just real bonafide reasons. Reasons why I can’t exercise (too cold, too hot, too wet, too sick), reasons why I have to eat sweets (someone else made them and I’d hurt their feelings if I didn’t), and reasons why I can’t get my work done (I have to play with my dogs, they’re lonely).
And so I always panic at this time of year when I start hearing other people’s sense of resolve. It makes me feel like a loser to hear that others have such noble desires for their new years and I actually assume they will follow through. Perhaps that should be my New Year’s resolution: not to compare myself to others and not to give others so much credit for being perfect while banging myself on the head for being a loser!
Instead I’m going with an inspiring idea I just read on a fellow blogger’s post. I don’t know this woman personally so I’m not prone to think she’s perfect yet; I just know her idea resonated with me and sounded doable at the same time. I like doable. And I like her resolution.
I’m simply going to go the extra mile this year.
I like this resolution because it was recommended by Jesus Himself in Matthew 5:41: