Do you make resolutions at the beginning of each new year?
Years ago I concluded that New Year’s Resolutions are useless for me, maybe even counterproductive, and decided to make monthly resolutions instead. If I do well in keeping one, I make a new one for the next month. If not, I renew the resolution of the month just ending. Sometimes I renew a lapsed resolution from months or even years past. This works better for me than once-a-year hopeful purposing.
Lately, I’ve neglected New Month’s Resolutions, just let them go by the wayside. That just might explain my too often scatteredness of focus and uncertainty of intent.
So, today, I renew the practice.
From my personal journal:
“November 1, 2016 To-do’s-day
To do: Make a New-Month’s Resolution
New Month’s Resolution (to do every day):
At least once each day: take the time, make the time, to note in my journal the moments or incidents when God’s presence or workings in my life were evident to me, during the previous twenty-four hours. Include thanks for his gifts and surprises of the day.
Of course this is going to involve—no, require—my paying attention throughout each day in order to notice, recognize, and appreciate God’s presence and working.
So starting right now, concerning the last twenty-four hours, I’ll try to remember what I can. And concerning the twenty-four hours in front of me I’m aiming to look for the evidences of His presence and workings, and “listen” for what He might be trying to get through to my too-often dull spiritual ears…
(Dear LORD and Helper, please bless my intent and effort. Please be much with me and work within me. Open my eyes, my ears, and bend and steer my heart, my will. Amen.)
What New Month’s Resolution might be helpful for you this month?