Slightly Late New Year’s Resolution

It’s that time again…when everyone lists the things that they don’t like about themselves and want to change.

So, what’s it gonna be for me this year?

Lose weight…well, that’s not possible until after June because of the small child growing inside of me. But, I could always eat healthier and exercise more.

How about commit to spending daily quiet times so that my relationship with God increases? That’s a good one…but what I don’t need more of is guilt, which would be the inevitable result of that resolution because realistically a pregnant mother of three small children isn’t guaranteed a “quiet time” each day.

Ok, what’s next? Be a better steward of my finances…that’s usually at the top of the list. That’s something that I’ve been working on, of necessity, since I quit my job and became a full-time stay-at-home mom. I clip coupons, make a budget and actually end up saving a lot — $100 at my last grocery trip. So I think I’m doing ok there.

So what do I feel like my resolution for this year should be?

I’m going to cut myself some slack.

For those of you who don’t know me that well, I am a perfectionist. Constant feelings that I should be doing more or doing better plague me. So, this year I’m resolving that I am doing good enough.

Wow! That’s hard to write. Now I feel like this is an excuse to not grow or improve. It’s not that. I just want to have a realistic view of what I’m capable of in this time of my life.

Since I started writing a year ago I have noticed a theme in what I put out there for others. Almost everything I write is related to some sort of change that I want to make in my life. Don’t get me wrong, that’s not necessarily a bad thing. I think that the Christian life should be one of perpetual growth and improvement.

However, the Christian life is also one of grace. Too often I focus on the things I’m supposed to do and the person I’m supposed to be. While I believe that all of the prompts towards change in my life have been from God, I think that the guilt and shame I feel accompanying them are not.

I’d like this year to be a year of grace for me, one where I acknowledge my inability to do everything and be everything. This has already begun as a result of the sickness I experienced in the first trimester and I know that what I’m capable of physically and mentally is only going to diminish as my pregnancy progresses. After that, of course, I’ll have a new baby to add into the mix of an already crazy household.

So that’s mine, what’s your New Year’s Resolution?
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3 Comments

  1. lbpmartin says:

    My resolution is to be more disciplined… pretty boring I know. It's funny, but I usually have the, "I'm not going to set myself up for failure" rejection of conventional resolutions. This past year I have made some significant changes in my daily routine, but what I have noticed is they all hinge on motivation. If I feel excited or see immediate results, I can make huge sacrifices to obtain my goals, but once the "magic" wears off it takes a lot to stick to the plan. So, this year I am determining to not sign up for any new changes, just do better at the ones I have already set in place.That's the answer to the "So that’s mine, what’s your New Year’s Resolution?"Response to your post:I have been experiencing a bit of the same life lesson myself, realizing my need to embrace God's work in my life over my own "self-improvement" mindset. Great post!

  2. Melissa_Rae says:

    Being more disciplined is always at the top of my list. I like this one! You have made a lot of changes in your life the last year and I'm already amazed at the amount of discipline you and Christy seem to have. We miss you guys and can't wait to see you in May! Thanks for the comment. :)

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