You’re Not Gonna Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions. Sorry.

So I’m kind of jumping on the bandwagon here but hey, what are bandwagons for if not jumping on them, right? It’s New Year’s Day so everyone and their dog is making New Year’s resolutions.

“I’m gonna work out every day and eat healthy.”

“I’m gonna go to bed at a decent time and not stay up all night watching Netflix.”( This one’s mine)

“I’m gonna start better study habits and get better grades.”

“I’m gonna spend more time with the Lord in prayer and reading his Word.”

These resolutions are all well and good. These are good things that we should be striving to do. But around January 15, y’all know good and well that most if not all your resolutions will be broken. You’ll miss a couple of days at the gym. You’ll eat half that box of cookies. You’ll stay up ’til 3AM watching season 9 of How I Met Your Mother(Great show, highly recommend). You’ll miss a day or two of your Bible-reading plan. And it’ll be tempting to give up on your resolution. It’ll be tempting to just say, “Screw it, I’m done.” But here’s the thing. Don’t.

Everybody makes mistakes. Everybody has those days.(If you just started singing the song then you rock). But what sets the successful people apart from the people who fail is what you do after you make those mistakes. The people who keep those New Year’s resolutions are the people who pick themselves up after a fall, dust themselves off and try again the next day. I think that applies to everything. Whether it’s exercising or reading the Bible, you can’t just throw in the towel and give up after you fail. You have to keep fighting. It’s easy to give up. I’m guilty of giving up on things far too easily. It’s hard to keep fighting after a failure. But to quote that great philosopher, Kanye West, “N-n-now that that don’t kill me, can only make me stronger.” Failure to keep your resolutions seems like it’ll kill your will to continue trying. But if you keep fighting, it will make you stronger.

Happy New Year y’all. I hope it blows 2013 out the water. xoxo

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