I didn’t make any resolutions this year.
To be honest, we spent 50% of 2019 uprooted from our home or any sense of normalcy, so when we finally made it back to our casa in December, the last thing on my mind was “switching up” the routine that we just started settling into.
For those of you who know me well, you are aware that I suffer from a severe case of FOMO (Fear of Missing Out). So as soon as the New Year celebrations came and went, I was left in a state of panic.
All of a sudden it was January 2nd, and I had not even reflected on 2019, let alone thought about the upcoming year.
Without a resolution, what do I have to look forward to in 2020?
It’s like I think that I need to wait until 2021 to do anything meaningful.
This morning I read Matthew 14:30-31, “But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, ‘Lord, save me!’ Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him.”
I bet Peter beat himself up so much after that moment. He had a once-in-a-lifetime chance to walk on the water with Jesus, and he doubted. I’m sure from that moment he resolved to never doubt again.
Well, **spoiler alert** that didn’t end up being the case.
Why do we make resolutions with the expectation that we are going to keep them perfectly? Why is it that by April, most people don’t even remember what their goals were?
I’ve considered many things this year:
Not get angry when I parent.
Spend an hour a day in the Word.
Work out regularly.
Start a Bible journaling group.
Pray more with mothers.
Write a blog post every two weeks.
Pray more regularly for my neighbors.
Friends, whether you have made a resolution or not, I encourage you to rest in the reassurance that Jesus is there to catch you when you fail or fall. And just like He was there for Peter, He will be there for you IMMEDIATELY, ready to forgive and walk alongside you again.
God’s love is slow to anger and quick to forgive.
The expression “New year, new me” is cute, but the reality is that we are continually made new by the forgiveness and blood of Jesus Christ.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!
-2 Corinthians 5:17
So if your resolution ends up being a fail, it’s not all over. Just be forgiven, and try again.
Pura Vida, feliz año nuevo.