This year, I’m being a complete Scrooge about the new year. I must admit, so far it doesn’t look like anything is going how I planned it to be.
God has been teaching me something: You can get everything you thought you ever wanted but, since we live in a fallen world, none of those things will be perfect. They will be broken, perhaps unredeemably so, and you could lose them at any moment.
God just does this to remind us that He is the only perfect thing in our sad, fallen world. He is the only person who can make us whole and complete; the only person who can make us content.
All that to say, I’m not really into making resolutions this year. However, I can’t help but make a smallish list regardless because I’m such a list fiend.
I found a prompt list on Pinterest and am showing it to you so you can make a few resolutions yourself. Let’s go!
via the pinterest
– a bad habit I’m going to break –
I used to be optimistic. But now? Not so much. I see the glass as half empty . . . and full of poison. I bash myself a lot and it’s funny to me, but I think it hurts other people to hear it . . . and it also hurts the Creator who made me.
So, in 2018, I resolve to be more optimistic. No more toxic negativity!
– a new skill i’d like to learn –
Well, I’m already doing graphic design but I’d still like to get better. I really love those modern fairytale covers with all the graphics on them (you have no idea what I’m talking about, I know, but bear with me) and flowers and animals.
I’d also like to pick up guitar. I got a ukulele for Christmas and am still working on not sounding like a twangy Hawaiian chicken.
– a person i hope to be more like –
Cinderella. Weird, I know, but every time I watch the newest Cinderella movie it makes me sob. Why? Because Cinderella is unbelievably kind and forgiving.
I want to walk around with a glow from helping others. I want to be less selfish and think of others more often. I think that’s one of the secret ingredients to being content.
– a good deed i’m going to do –
Well, I’ve always wanted to participate in a charity. Maybe I can do that? Like a soup kitchen or, at Christmas time, the Operation Christmas thing they do with the shoeboxes. This goes hand in hand with being more others-minded.
– a place i’d like to visit –
My fave vacation destination is the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. It’s so cozy and perpetually fall, even when it’s the summer. There’s something about it that makes you want to curl up with a cozy book, a cute scarf, a warm drink and a fuzzy blanket and hibernate for a few months.
However . . . 2018 is going to be CHAOTIC. I don’t know if I’ll be doing much traveling, especially to places I’ve wanted to visit (like Versailles or NYC).
In 2018, I resolve to enjoy the “normal” places I will end up visiting. Which will probably be home, school and possibly the Wilds Christian camp. It will be my friend’s house, the library at BJU and the cozy covers of my bed when I throw them over my head after an exhausting day.
– a book i’d like to read –
Just one????? JUST ONE???
Don’t do this to me.
– a letter i’m going to write –
I want to write a letter to my future self. Perhaps twenty years from now. I want to write down my mission statement (which I’m still deciding on); I want to remind myself of all the goals and wishes and hopes I am chasing right now.
– a new food i’m going to try –
I do not do . . .
But I need to. I don’t know why I don’t like them! I’m a HUGE texture person, so maybe I just don’t like the texture of vegetables? They’re so grainy and bitter and . . . ICK.
In 2018, I resolve to eat more vegetables. I’m not going to become a bunny overnight, but it can’t hurt to eat a carrot or two every day.
– i’m going to do better at –
Writing. I want to write every day! That’s the only way I’m ever going to get published. Even if it’s just 1000 words. I also want to do better at doing my devotions. My goal is to read the whole Bible in a year. And I’m not just saying that this year. This year is the year!!