The New Year has arrived and droves of well-intentioned people have inundated refrigerators, vision boards, mirrors, journals, computers, and social media sites with New Year’s Resolutions.

Come on…we’ve all done it! The resolution train is crowded, swift, and shiny, filled with tenacious and eager hopefuls.

For two years straight, I asserted with much confidence and zeal, “I will no longer consume diet sodas.” For two straight years, I failed to stop consuming diet drinks. smile

Why? I was inspired by the hope of a new year to implement changes that I was unwilling and unprepared to support with concrete commitment and action.

Sound familiar?

Have you heard the saying, “Don’t talk about it, be about it?” Wait…am I telling my age?

This mouth of mine was active, eloquent, and impassioned, diverting attention away from every other part of me that wasn’t. When the time came to gauge actual growth, the taste of those sodas (and other setbacks) flattened the fizzle of my sense of achievement and personal accomplishment for that year.

By definition, resolutions are deliberate decisions or determinations towards a specific course of action. Resolutions stem from desire, but they can also culminate in just that, desire.

Desires that align with God’s intent for our lives are motivators, confirmation, spiritual cues, but oftentimes we chasten or frustrate ourselves when our desires fail to cross the threshold of reality.

No matter how great the plan or how steadfast our faith is in the realization of that plan, plans alone do not produce. They need implementers.

“Faith without works is dead.” James 2:17 A lack of works reveals an unchanged life or spiritually wounded/dead heart.

Some of the best and most ambitious plans collect dust on the shelves of our minds.

So, let’s flip the script.

Rather than set and view unmet New Year’s Resolutions as a tally of what could have been, but wasn’t, let’s take it day-by-day. Celebrate small victories and allow yourself the grace to recover, in a judgment-free zone.

Let’s stop proclaiming goals that we won’t even take the time to write down, goals with plans, without measures, without realism, without resolve, without action.

Remembering that everyday we wake up is an opportunity to achieve purpose.

Every day we wake up is an opportunity to achieve purpose.

Every day we wake up is an opportunity to achieve purpose.

The start of a new year is a blessing, indeed, not unlike every other day.

Reflect, refocus, and resume.

Happy New Year from aPOP!!! heart


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  • Ashley Graham

    Wait…you struggle with DIET sodas? 🙂 unfair. No sodas are on my list…love this. Your last article inspired me so you know…its kind of like confirmation right? Thank you for your wisdom!

    January 5th, 2015 22:15
  • Sherrie

    Now, I don’t typically drink soda, unless I’m out at a restaurant and want to avoid sugary drinks or water with lemon. I used to buy cases of soda on sale and couldn’t go a day without drinking it. I forgave myself and created smaller, more tangible goals. Diet soda is no longer my go-to drink of choice.

    January 7th, 2015 6:12

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