On January 1st All things are possible in the new year. Just like every football team on the first day of the season has a chance of winning it all, every resolution seems possible on New Year’s Day.
Then reality hits like a linebacker coming across the middle. Your resolutions get sacked to the ground. And instead of jumping back into the huddle, most of your goals get carted off the field never to return again.
But I don’t think the problem is in our resolutions themselves. I think it’s our attitude towards them.
I think there’s something wonderful about New Year’s Day. The world is wide-eyed and optimistic at the possibilities of a fresh calendar.
Yet as the year goes on we lose hope.
The flaws in our goals become clear. The actual resolve to accomplish our dreams diminishes when we see how difficult the task may be.
By February our resolutions are lagging. By Spring Break they’re on life support. By the summertime they’re dead and buried.
Instead of winning 2015 we’re ready to push the reset button and start over in 2016.
What if things didn’t have to be this way? What would happen if we actually believed our New Year’s Resolutions could come true all year round?
What if we had the same faith in our resolutions the other 364 days of the year as we do on January 1st?
Jesus said to “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” (Matthew 7:7)
What if, instead of shrugging off these words as flowery advice, we believed them to be true? What if day after day we kept asking, kept seeking, kept knocking on the door of our resolutions believing they could actually be accomplished?
A lot can change in 365 days if you don’t give up hope.
Look at my life. A year ago I was ringing up t-shirts and towels at Kohls, driving to a dead end job in despair everyday. Today I’m living in a new city working a new job I’m proud of at a non-profit and focusing even harder on my writing goals. Oh and I got married too.
You never know what can happen in a year if you keep knocking on the door, if you keep believing things can change, if you keep believing resolutions can come true.
The way to win 2015 is not by giving up on resolutions. The answer is buying in to them even more.
You may have already cheated on your diet, or missed a few days on your Bible-reading plan, or slept in instead of hitting the gym. It’s ok. No matter the date on the calendar you can restart your resolution by reclaiming your New Year’s attitude.
Be foolish enough to believe everyday in the possibility of change the same way you do on January 1st. Because with God the possibilities are new each and every day.
The secret to success is not in giving up on resolutions altogether. If you really want to win 2015, treat every day like New Year’s Day.