Every year I begrudgingly make a list of New Year’s resolutions. I write them down; I forget them. I have no self discipline, and my usual pattern is to dutifully record them on January 1st, only to find the list about two or three weeks later under a pile of papers. And then I feel guilty because I forgot to keep them. I berate myself on my lack of self-discipline. I might as well forget it. Will I ever lose those last 10 pounds in this lifetime? And if I lose them this year, will they sneak their way back onto my well-padded hips along with the Snickers I can’t seem to resist?
Well, this year I’m taking a different approach. Today is Monday, January 2nd, 2012. I didn’t make a list. I have finally broken the mold and will no longer be drawn into that self-defeating trap.
Today I woke up to a sunny cool Texas morning and decided that today is my day. God has given me today to live to the very best of my ability. Just for today I will honor Him with my life ~ and that includes living for Him moment by moment. It includes using my time well and not squandering it on anything wasteful. I will make sure that, just for today, I smile and am friendly to everyone I meet. I’ll do something for my loved ones ~ like calling my granddaughter to remind her that her orthodontic appointment is tomorrow. I will tell my son just how much I love him, and I will make a good cup of coffee for my husband. I’ll give the cats a treat, and I’ll agree to contribute to a worthy cause (Paralyzed Veterans of America.) I will also buy a calendar from my missionary friend, who takes amazing photos of the Indian people to whom she ministers. I’m going with my husband to have dinner with two very old friends who are in from Singapore. Can’t wait! And even though we’ll be at our favorite Vietnamese restaurant BUFFET, I won’t overeat.
And at the end of the day I’ll feel good about myself, knowing today, just for today, I lived my life in the moment. Enjoyed every single moment of my day. I say all of this to you for one reason: to remind you that THIS IS YOUR DAY! Live for today in a way that pleases God and makes you happy! You don’t have to make any big promises to anyone. Just go out and enjoy your day. (And remember, chocolate is really a healthy food group.)