Friday, January 28, 2011

Just Like Starting Over...

4 weeks into the new year. How are you doing on your New Year's Resolutions? I've made some progress on at least one of my four resolutions, and quite frankly failed miserably at another.

So far.

Resolution #1 is to read four "classic" books in 2011. I attacked this one with a vengeance! Within the first three weeks I had blasted through "The Grapes of Wrath," followed by "Farenheit 451" and "Of Mice and Men." It won't be too much longer before I'm finished with "A Tale of Two Cities," and resolution #1 will be completed.

It's Resolution #2 that's giving me fits. I have some serious weight to lose. Yes, I can hear the collective groans and sighs right now. Some of you may have given up already. But I can't. I've resolved to do it. I really don't care what the scales said this morning. Okay, maybe a little. All right, all right. I DO care, but I'm just going to turn the discouragement into action. I hit the treadmill for a brisk 2 mile walk this morning, burned off 150 calories and about ten pages of Mr. Dickens' novel all at the same time.

That's the choice we have when we're discouraged. It's simple really... we either give up or fight harder. Kind of reminds me of the early church following the death of Stephen. Just as the church really got rocking and thousands were hearing about Jesus, the enemies of the church stoned this spirit-filled man to death. But the church wouldn't be stopped. Even though they scattered, they resolved to keep on keeping on for Jesus. The result? Even more people heard about Christ, and the enemies of the church LOST!

The scales will lose. I will win this fight. I will keep my resolutions. I have 11 months and 3 days left to do it, and it WILL be done. Bank on it.

Now, as for the other two resolutions.... stay tuned.

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