After all the gluttony and indulgence of the Christmas feasting traditions, we come to the verge of the new year. Typically this is when we all make resolutions to change and reform our behaviour. Depending on our will power these resolutions last for a few days or maybe even a couple of weeks. We don’t have a problem setting resolutions, but we do struggle keeping them.
Looking at my waistline after a series of Christmas parties and all day food and family binges, I know one of my goals will be losing a few inches around my gut. Unhelpful fat is a dead weight. It is unsightly, slows us down and impacts our health. Too often we don’t even realise the full impact until we have been living in that state for several years.
The Bible tells us that while physical exercise profited a little, spiritual exercise profits us much more. Years of living in the flesh can have a debilitating and even fatal impact on one’s spiritual life too. The most common danger is not the ‘one-off sin’, but the subtle creep of apathy and general comfortableness with the world. When considered in the light of eternity, we quickly see why our spiritual health is of upmost importance. As painful as it is, what we need from time to time is a stark view in a spiritual mirror.
So how am I planning to get in shape and stay in shape?
- Link my goals into one routine (jog and listen to the Bible at the same time 4 days per week)
- Smaller eating portions. More fruit and salad with meat only at dinner. Only have soft drink once per week.
- Pray with each of my family members each day (this worked well in 2011)
- Turn off the computer, iPhone and TV from 6pm – 8:30pm. To allow the voices of my family and my Lord the chance to speak without distractions.
- Develop a new, fun and active hobby. Learn a new skill while meeting new people.
Goals are only half the battle. A principle is life is that we only get what we measure. That is why I have built in and bolded realistic and measurable statistics into the plan. I will not beat myself up, if I don’t see all these objectives through to the end of 2012. However, my motivation is internal and I believe they will lead to more satisfaction and enjoyment.
My goals don’t have to be your goals. But what is important, is that you assess where you are at, where you want to be, and how you will get there. Will you join me as we lay aside every weight that besets us as we press towards the mark that Christ Jesus has set for us?