New Year's Resolutions: we all make them, but do we keep them? Almost every year I have vowed to lose weight and by January 7th, I am knee deep in Doritos again. In 2011, I am swearing by it for medical reasons. At the stroke of midnight, new resolutions begin with the new year. Other years I have tried to "lose weight" or "work out more" or "spend less money". But why do we make New Years Resolutions? Part of me thinks it's simply superstition or kind of like checking your horoscope (which don't do, research it and you'll see why). However, new years bring new promises. We're not guaranteed tomorrow but every new day allows for opportunity to change. I know I've changed this year, there's been some dark times and good times, but God is always faithful and worth being faithful to.
I believe that self-motivated resolutions belong on the bottom of the list, for those who love the Lord. Read His word more, get involved.
Reese Roper of Five Iron Frenzy said it best in his song New Year's Eve, from their final album apporpriately titled The End is Near/Here. I leave you with his lyrics, Happy New Year and God Bless
It's New Years Eve and I'm full of empty promises, I half pretend to keep this time, just like last year. The band is loud and I'm wandering the shadows, wishing I was never here. I persevere. A crowded room, these whitewashed tombs, they raise their glasses high, they kiss the past goodbye.
This New Years Eve, I'm waiting for tomorrow. My heart is on my sleeve, and yes I still believe, this New Years Eve, will turn out better than before, I'm holding on, still holding out, until they close the door... on me.
It's New Years Eve and I feel my insecurities, are haunting me like ghosts, this sinking quicksand. And then with thunderous praise and lofty adoration, a second passes by, yet nothing changes. I hate my skin, this grave I'm standing in. Another change of years, and I wish I wasn't here.
A year goes by and I'm staring at my watch again, and I dig deep this time, for something greater than I've ever been, life to ancient wineskins. And I was blind but now I see.
This New Years Eve, something must change me inside, I'm crooked and misguided, and tired of being tired. This New Years Eve, I'm waiting for tomorrow. My heart is on my sleeve, and yes I still believe, in You.