Jan 5, 2008

New Year's Resolution Revolution

For the past few years the personal organization company, FranklinCovey, has conducted a New Year's Resolution Survey.   This year, the results are from a surprisingly large sample of 15,031 customers.   The Top 10 New Year's resolutions are as follows:      


1. Get out of debt or save money

2. Lose weight

3. Develop a healthy habit (e.g., exercise or healthy eating)

4. Get organized

5. Develop a new skill or talent

6. Spend more time with family and friends

7. Other

8. Work less, play more

9. Break an unhealthy habit (e.g., smoking, alcohol, overeating)

10. Change employment


For those that had number 7 on their list, I hope they flesh that out a bit more.  


I think everyone should set goals.   It is highly rewarding to set goals and then attain them.   Unfortunately, most of us never reach our goals.   We either forget, lose heart, or move on to more pressing matters.     FranklinCovey says that we should only make 1 or 2 realistic goals.   But how do we know if a goal is realistic?   What's wrong with shooting for a high goal?   Isn't God in the business of making the unrealistic a reality?


I think at the heart, most people are afraid to make goals because they are afraid of failure. Who wants to set themselves up for another disappointment?   How many of us tell our friends at the water cooler about all the ways in which we messed up?   We know we're not perfect, but we don't go around bragging about it.   Why bother with goals when it provides another opportunity for people to criticize us when we don't reach them?


But truth be told, nobody will reach all of their goals.   The only person that ever did was Jesus.   If you find someone who says they always reach their goals, they're probably trying to sell you something!   Acceptance of failure is a distinctively Christian theme.   Christians know they're not perfect, but try to please God anyway.   Paul said that God used his failures too!


This New Year I pray that you will work smarter, not harder.   I pray that you will find joy in the midst of struggles.   I pray that no matter what resolutions you attain or fail to attain you know that Jesus loves you.



Pastor David Hook


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