New Year’s Resolutions–Not!

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This year instead of making New Year’s Resolutions, how about New Year’s Resolutions–Not!

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I’m not a big fan of New Year’s resolutions; they just seem to heap more guilt and a sense of failure on me when I don’t achieve them. That’s not really something I need–ever.

But last year, I heard about choosing one word as a goal for the year. I liked that. And I chose accomplishment. And as I look back on the year, I do have a sense of accomplishment–and that feels good! I think I probably accomplished more at work than I did in my personal life, but I’ll still take it.

So this year, I’ve grappled with what my word should be. And I’ve thought of all kinds of words and can’t land on one: finish, grace, learning, power in weakness (that’s three), and more. I’ve stressed more about my one word than I really want to. So I’m letting it go. It shouldn’t be this hard. And I’m back to no New Year’s resolutions.

That doesn’t mean I won’t pursue growth or change; it just means I’ll do it like I always do–one day at a time–with ups and downs along the way, but no overarching goal to shine a spotlight on my failures. Maybe then my word really is grace (oh, here I go again….let it go…let it go!)

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How do you approach New Year’s resolutions?

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Christine Yount Jones

Christine has more than 26 years of children’s ministry experience. She is the Executive Editor of Children’s Ministry Magazine, has authored many books and articles on children’s ministry, and serves as co-director of the KidMin Conference. She’s responsible for development and innovation of new resources. Follow Christine on Twitter @ChristineYJones

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