There are few things more expected from a blogger than some kind of post for a major holiday, including New Year’s. Also usually expected is a post about New Year’s resolutions, especially from people who blog about personal stuff.
Most people don’t follow through on most of their New Year’s resolutions. In fact, I’m pretty sure jokes abound about not making a resolution because you actually want to accomplish something. I have a theory, though. I think one of the main reasons that people don’t follow through is that they make their resolutions far too ambitious. It seems that most people resolve to fix all of/most of/the biggest of their life problems. That’s admirable, but such changes often take many years, or happen imperceptibly. So those kinds of resolutions rarely work out like people want.
This is why, this New Year’s, I’m making a really simple resolution: read. I’ve always enjoyed reading, and have always been somewhat of a reader. Lately, however, I have not been reading like I used to. I’ve let my electronics and laziness get in the way. This is a shame, because not only do I enjoy reading, but reading is good for me. It sharpens my mind, edifies my spirit, expands my knowledge, and engages my imagination. God has made me to read, and I thrive in living that out.
So my New Year’s resolution is to read more, read a bunch like I did in days gone by. In fact, I think I’ll start by reading through the whole Bible, as I saw suggested to reader-y types like me on The Gospel Coalition Blog. I pray God will use this to edify me and bind me nearer to Jesus. I think I’ll make my goal to finish by the end of January.
My advice to everyone else: if you want to make a New Year’s resolution, make it simple. Start with something basic, and pray God works with it. It doesn’t necessarily have to be spiritual. God owns your whole life. Choose any part to make better. I believe God blesses that.
Happy New Year’s!