New Year seems like a redemptive holiday to me. A blank slate. A fresh start. A new chance to break some bad habits and start some good ones. For a long time, I was an ardent New Year’s Resolutionist! I would sit down and makes plans and write down my goals and hopes for the year.
Then, I realized something. This year’s resolutions look a lot like last year’s.
1) Spend more time in personal Bible study and prayer.
2) Lose 30 pounds (or 40, or 50, 0r 75 – this one has fluctuated over time).
3) Finish several of the book projects I have growing spider webs on my hard drive.
4) Defeat procrastination THIS YEAR! (Well, maybe next year – or the year after at the latest).
I’ve kind of stopped making resolutions formally. I recommit myself to doing better in 2012 than I did in 2011.
What about you? My sense is that the New Year’s resolution process is a dying thing. Do you “resolve” to make changes in the new year? Do you do what Haggai recommended and “take careful thought” about your ways?
Do you do any kind of reflection at the New Year?