The ten most common New Year’s resolutions are
- to get fit (lose weight)
- eat healthier
- quit smoking
- get organized (better time management)
- spend more time with family
- save money or get out of debt
- travel to new places
- learn something new
- volunteer more
- live life
Sound familiar? In the past 10 years, how many times have you said you would commit to at least a few of these resolutions? But is it really 10 different resolutions? Take another look.
- As you set your mind to getting fit, no doubt that includes eating healthier and quitting smoking, right?
- As you get organized, you are better able to manage your time so spending quality family time won’t be a problem anymore.
- Certainly as you save money, you are able to take some of that money to travel to new places or take a class and learn something new.
- And since you’re saving money, you can take more of your money and donate it to a worthy cause or better yet, you and your family members (now that you’re spending more time together) can volunteer at your local community center or homeless shelter.
- Now that’s living life!!!
Now that we’re down to only a few resolutions instead of an entire list, let’s add one more (teehee). Probably the most important one anyway.
How about resolving to love more?
Isn’t that what the other resolutions were about anyway? You love yourself, so you want to get fit, eat healthier and quit smoking. You love your family, so you want to save money so you can provide for their future and/or travel together and spend quality time. You love your community, so to volunteer more is just par for the course.
Galatians 5:22 tells us “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”
It all starts with love. It always has and always will. Love is the Alpha. Love to self-control. It starts with Him but it ends with you.
For me, I wanna love more than before. I wanna worship the Father deeper than before (thanks Eddie James for putting my feelings to song).
I implore you to really think about it. What or who is it that you want to love more? What or who is it that you need to love again? Relove Jesus? Relove Others? Relove Yourself? How ‘bout you join me with this uncommon resolution to love more? To reLOVE if you will.
I can’t be the accountability partner to all of you but I do know that the Word (Hab 2:2) and the world tells us that if we write down a goal or your plan, or a resolution and make it plain, we are more likely to follow through. Leave a comment here and tell the world. Let’s start a reLOVE Revolution. Be well.
aka KayD G.