Back to where they started… or rather ended, in the prior year.
Same shiz, different year.
Admittedly, as a younger adult, I too found myself compelled to start fresh, to fill my proverbial clean slate with a thinner, more organized, and well-read version of me. But now I’m a little older and wiser… and quite frankly I’m tired of disappointing myself.
So for the past several years (OK ... decades), I have resolved not to make a New Year’s resolution. They are a waste of verbiage, and (for me at least) serve only as a tool for self-deprecation.
This year was no different, I was resolved to not to get sucked into the hype… Then, on 12.31.15, via USA Today on my twitter feed I read this:
I was immediately smitten. The idea that I could cleverly pen a 5 word phrase (or in my case paraphrase a famous poem) that would serve to emulate my desire for personal growth and improvement throughout 2016 drew me in.
After much consideration, I chose this catchy little number: “Take the road less traveled”
Bamm! I loved it!
I know, Robert Frost said it first and said it well, but for me it was perfect; straight forward - yet it compelled thought and was applicable in every aspect by which I could hope to improve.
Clearly others loved it as well… my twitter feed soon lit up with (wait for it…) one “like”!! I didn’t explore my “like-er’s” (I realize that’s not a real word by the way) twitter account, but! based solely on the 1/8 inch square profile pic, I think she’s a porn star chumming for traffic to her twitter account… none-the-less! I appreciate her “like” and the Pollyanna in me has high hopes she too is encouraged to make a change in 2016.
But I digress....
This would be my “mission statement” for 2016 – When I can choose, I will choose to take the road less traveled…..
- In a world that values the accumulation of wealth and stuff, I will choose to let go and lean in towards simplicity and less debt.
- In a culture that is enamored with body size and fitness, I will base my diet and exercise plan on simply moving more and consuming food that honors my body and equates to a healthier me.
- At a time when serial monogamy is the norm, I will guard my heart and mind against the people and pressures that threaten to harm the holy gift of my marriage and family. And finally –
- At a time when “spirituality” has been generalized to “self-awareness” and individual “experiences” – I choose to focus on the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the most high God and the redemptive and completed work of Jesus the Christ.
“Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus…. Only let us live up to what we have already attained.”
Did you catch that last verse… “live up to what we have already attained” … by striving to live “up” to what has already been attained/accomplished (salvation) I believe we will naturally improve. I find that when I stop and consider what is already mine (what Christ attained for me), I am thankful and compelled to do better. Ultimately I’m driven to make better choices, to take the road less traveled in all it's various aspects, so that one day I might be found worthy of His gracious sacrifice.
Many viewed the New Year as an opportunity for change and set unrealistic goals (we are after all the same person on 1.1.16 as we were moments before on 12.31.15). By conscientiously taking the road less traveled, I will strive to live up-wards; live a life worthy of my redemption and the unfailing love of a holy God and His unrelenting gift of salvation that always finds me, despite my failures and my propensity towards weak resolve.
*disclaimer… first draft of this blog was penned in a dimly lit room at 3 am shortly after January one. Since I’m a work in progress and still “me” after all, on this January 20th I will confess: I’ve found (yet again) that the road less traveled can be pretty darn narrow … but I am indeed pressing on.
When we know better, we can do better.... Blessings my friends…