No More Resolutions, This Year We Indulge!

I love new beginnings. Nothing beats New Years. It’s a fresh start; wipe out the old, and bring in the new stuff. Yes, I love it. It’s like a mulligan in golf – second chances. We serve a God of second and third chances, right? We get to make new promises, pledges of change, and this time we will get it right. The motivational guys tell us to set goals. So, we create a few objectives, nothing crazy, we got this! Awesome!

Please!?

Why do I do this every single year? Ok, reality check. It never works the way I want it to. It’s the same story over and over year after year: start strong, great ideas, revelation, inspiration, plans, promises…..only to flame out….again.
Here’s a list of simple pledges that I have made over the years:

  • I’m going to lose 20 pounds (this time I’ll do it!).   Seems easy enough…measurable, obtainable, not too lofty. Yea right! I put on 5 lbs. by Valentine’s Day. Why not add 5 more by Easter?
  • Eating better: reduce my carb intake, no soda, no sugar, and no milk… NO CHANCE! I love bread, I love soda, candy is dandy, and what would I put on my 10 pm cereal? I think Carol found the Oreo cookie box in my truck. I can destroy one of those bags in a few minutes.
  • Pray for 1 hour every morning = very spiritual.  Surely God will help me make this happen? Does falling asleep mid- prayer on the couch count? How about on my recliner with Bible on my lap? Was that the sound of tongues or a snore? Oh well, we are suppose to pray unceasingly anyway.
  • Read the Bible through in one year.  This will make me a spiritual giant. How many guys can do this? Pretty sure I could be Apostle Travis, if I finish. I remember getting stuck in Leviticus somewhere between grain offerings and the Day of Atonement. I’ll start again next year.
  • Create a solid financial budget and stick to it.  I bought a great book, calculator, and software. Put it all on a credit card, found it in March under my one year bible, oops…

You get the idea. Can any of you relate? Ok, I’m sick of it. No more promises, pledges, goals, expectations, and no more resolutions. It’s defeating, really. It is all or nothing with me. As soon as I fall off the wagon, I stay off. Or was I suppose to stay on the wagon? Anyway…..

This year I’ve got a new plan. Instead of cutting back on all the things we enjoy, let’s indulge ourselves!  Let’s go hog wild and crazy. Why not invest wholeheartedly in a few things that may enhance our lives? Let us feast on all that is before us. Let us not restrain ourselves and then be defeated. Let’s lift off the shackles and be gratified by the very things that we love the most. Here are a few considerations to indulge on:

Wife: Ecclesiastes 9:9, “Enjoy life with your wife, whom you love, all the days of this meaningless life that God has given you under the sun.” It’s time to date her again. Pursue her again. Remember how you couldn’t wait to see her when you were dating? You obsessed over her. You spent all your free time with her. You enjoyed her! Why not try that again? Invest in her, and you may be surprised by the return.

Kids: Psalm 127: 3-5, “Sons are a heritage from the Lord, children a reward from him. Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are sons born in one’s youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them.” Since we are now empty nesters, I can speak of this from a different prospective. I miss parenting. I envy those of you who still have children at home. Enjoy it! It goes really, really fast. You will never regret spending too much time playing games, reading, playing catch or a zillion other activities. Soak it up, the time will go faster than you can possibly imagine. Invest in them, you will enjoy the rewards.

Wisdom: Proverbs 2:1-5, “My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding, and if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God.” Let’s feast on some wisdom, let’s get all we can. You can’t do it all in one sitting, but you can work on it all year long. There are a lot of verbs in this scripture to help in discovering what it takes to find wisdom: Accept, Turn, Apply, Call out, Cry aloud, Look, and Search. Men, we love treasure hunts. This is it! Let’s go searching this year and savor every morsel we can find. Invest in Him and we will never be disappointed.

May your indulgences fulfill your wildest imaginations.

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