You say you want a resolution - JJ Landis
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You say you want a resolution

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Call me a curmudgeon, but I don’t always enjoy New Year’s Eve. I can stay up until midnight with the best of them (last night for instance, I watched Fame High on Netflix and read a young adult novel after everyone else went to bed – that’s right! party animal!), but when it’s obligatory, I feel my rebellious nature take over and want to curl up in bed after dinner.

 

I think part of my ambivalence comes from the practice of making resolutions. I am a goal-setter so this should appeal to me, but I never fully embraced this ritual. From one day to the next is so arbitrary – sure it’s a new year, but is there really any difference in your life from today Wednesday to tomorrow Thursday?

 

The only resolution I have ever made was a few years ago: “Order bacon every time I eat at a restaurant.” Gotta say – I kept it. I ate a lot of BLTs that year and was quite fulfilled.

 

Resolutions are about changing ourselves. I think it’s safe to say: We could all do some changin’ for the better. We all have habits to shake and habits to acquire. Any of us who thinks otherwise probably needs the most work.

 

But what if we resolved to quit trying to change?

 

Stop the madness. Be content. Be satisfied with today.

 

This is the message of my blog or ministry or whatever you want to call it. LIVING FOR REAL means to look around and see today. And take it.

 

Be honest with yourself and don’t hate what you discover with that honesty. It also means to get over yourself and just relax in the skin you have.

 

Quit trying so hard to be better. You are enough for now. For today, you are you. Tomorrow you will be a different you.

 

Let’s all quit setting ourselves up for failure.

 

I have a roll of fat around my gut that I wish I hadn’t let grow. But really. I’m 44. What’s a roll of fat? Does it affect any of my relationships? Does it affect the Kingdom of God? (The answers by the way are NO!)

 

We can lose flab. We can volunteer more. We can quit smoking or drinking. We can get a new job. We can eat healthy food. We can manage stress. We can get out of debt. We can save money. We can reduce, reuse, recycle. We can sleep more. We can watch less TV. We can get off social media. We can read through the Bible in a year.

 

Whatever. Sure, that’s all possible. But why?

 

Consider your heart first.

 

What if instead of focusing on the outside stuff, we looked within and desired peace on the inside? What if things like wholeness and contentment were our focus? For real. We often say those things are our priorities, but what if we really meant it?

 

What if we set ourselves free to JUST BE?

 

Little secret for ya. God knows you and accepts you right now. He knows all your faults. He won’t love you more or less tomorrow. Or a week from now when all your resolutions fall flat.

 

So have a Happy 2015! But also be sure to have a Content Today! Much love to you who read this blog and send me so much encouragement!

 

I will leave you with these words from David in the Bible.

 

 

Psalm 139: 1-18

You have searched me, Lord, and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar.

 

You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely.

 

You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.

 

Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.

 

If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.

 

If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,” even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.

 

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.

 

My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.

 

How precious to me are your thoughts, God! How vast is the sum of them! Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand—when I awake, I am still with you.

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9 Comments
  • Not interested in your dance
    Posted at 13:04h, 18 February Reply

    […] to beat a dead horse, BUT remember that snow globe music box that was used in this post and was featured in this post when it shattered? Well, after it broke, it sat in my kitchen […]

  • Shatter Me
    Posted at 11:18h, 19 January Reply

    […] if I could borrow her present, she was quick to retrieve it for me to photograph. I had written a blog post on resolutions and how we should not worry about changing until we have first accepted who we […]

  • Dayna
    Posted at 17:14h, 08 January Reply

    We might be able to lose weight, but it’ll probably come back, because that is how God made our bodies work. The idea that we are in control of our bodies or our health is an insidious lie in Western culture. Good for you for recognizing that contentment comes from within, not from an “ideal” figure or the ability to Lea tall buildings in a single bound.

    • JJ Landis
      Posted at 17:31h, 08 January Reply

      Amen Dayna. So many people are held captive by their body image! Blech.

  • Amy Sue Deihl
    Posted at 11:43h, 01 January Reply

    Thank you!!
    SO many times we feel “pressure” to make resolutions and then beat ourselves up when we don’t seem to stick with them. This year the kiddos and I were talking about resolutions and had answered that mine was to “be the best me that I can be”. Feeling much less pressure already……… After all, who is better qualified? 😉

    • JJ Landis
      Posted at 11:55h, 01 January Reply

      Right!! Thanks for sharing.

  • patty winters
    Posted at 23:16h, 31 December Reply

    i loved this message. It really hit hard with me. Thank you

    • JJ Landis
      Posted at 11:21h, 01 January Reply

      Thanks!

  • Jo Zehr
    Posted at 14:35h, 31 December Reply

    everyone should read this !!!!!

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