There has been much discussion about New Year’s resolutions lately – in blogs, podcasts, advertisements, among my family and friends. I love New Year’s resolutions. I love the energy that comes with a fresh start and a new determination.
All of the discussions have me thinking, but I was especially encouraged by a question Sally Clarkson asked on her podcast. She said something I’ve never thought to consider. She asked, “What brings you joy? And how can you have more of that this year?”
It stopped me in my tracks. Joy? As a part of my resolutions? It seemed a little hokey. All of my New Year’s resolutions have to do with improving myself in some way. Fixing a deficiency in my life. My resolutions tend to fall under the category of “No pain, no gain.” It’s probably partly because of my personality. I tend to like tangible progress and, heaven knows, I love being able to check-mark things on my to-do list. But, joy, as part of my resolution line-up? It never crossed my mind.
And, yet, the more I thought about it, the more I realized that – yes! – I do need to add this thought to my resolutions. What makes me happy and how can I have more of that this year? As Moms, wives, sisters, friends, women, we tend to pour ourselves out for others and often forget to pour anything into ourselves. Also, I had this funny realization as I was thinking this through, that God actually wants us to be joyful. It was a lightening bolt reminder. He’s created us with different interests – knitting, sewing, running, cooking, reading, etc. – and all of us are unique. We all will answer the question of joy differently. He didn’t give us those aspects of our personality so we’d ignore them or cast them off as being silly. Nope!
So, I encourage you to ask yourself those questions today. Maybe you can ponder it while the kids are taking naps or while you’re driving or talk it over with God during your devotional time.
I know these questions are bringing a healthier balance to my New Year’s resolutions.
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