I’ve never been a real New Year’s resolutions kind of guy.
The year changes, but it isn’t like we molt and change out of our skin or something. But I guess New Year’s Day is as good as any other day to start or stop a habit.
I know at the gym where I work out, January is always the busiest month. By February, the herd has thinned out. People start a new diet on New Year’s but after three days, you weigh a pound more than you did when you started so you just give up.
Even though it has never been a big deal to me before, I actually have a couple of New Year’s resolutions this year so I have been looking into ways to make sure I stick to them.
Some of that advice includes:
• Start Small
• Make one change at a time
• Don’t beat yourself up
• Ask for help.
Those are great, but I need analogies to make sense of things.
I think studying the Apostle Peter is a good way to stick to resolutions. He got off to a good start when he started following Jesus after he was called.
He even nailed the pop quiz when Jesus asked his disciples who people thought he was and who they thought he was.
According to the Gospel of Matthew, Peter said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
Jesus congratulated Peter on this revelation.
That’s like losing five pounds during the first week of the year. But then only six verses later, Peter had messed up and Jesus said to him, “Get thee behind me, Satan.”
That’s like gaining back all five pounds in one weekend.
Peter also did well when he tried to walk on the water even though Jesus had to rescue him.
Then of course, everyone knows that Peter denied Jesus three times before Jesus was crucified.
That’s like waking up Sept. 1 and weighing five pounds more than Jan. 1.
But Peter stayed on task and became the rock on which the new church was built. He was a huge part of the start and spread of Christianity.
He never stopped. Even when Jesus rebuked him, even when he failed personally, Peter never stopped.
It was important to him so he pushed through the failures. It was never easy, but he didn’t let a failure derail him from what he was trying to accomplish.
I think that will be my thought process as I set two big goals for myself for 2017. No matter how many days I fail to take steps toward my goals, I will stay determined and stay focused on my goals.
Whatever your resolutions are, or even if you don’t make any, I hope 2017 is a great year for you and your family.
Kent Bush is publisher of Shawnee (Oklahoma) News-Star and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.