Friday, December 30, 2011

New Year's Revolution

Photo by AllDaylWalk
I don't make New Year's resolutions. Well, not anymore. The ones I've made (in the few years I've made them) have been petty, and I haven't kept them.

So this year (and every year henceforth), I'm staging a revolution rather than stating resolutions.

In the coming year, I will be a better Rachel than I was this year. And by "better," I mean a lot of things—things that have nothing to do with reducing my waistline (which is tough when you're pregnant, anyway) or improving my skill set (though some singing lessons might be nice).

I will be more patient. I will be kinder. I will not envy others, I will not boast or be proud (Lord, help me with that one). I won't be rude or self-seeking. I won't be easily angered (which will be a challenge with a toddler in the house) or keep a record of wrongs. I will protect, trust, hope, and persevere.

For starters.

Then I need to up my levels of goodness, knowledge, self-control, perseverance (again?! I'm sensing a theme...), godliness, and love for others. That'll prevent me from being ineffective and unproductive when it comes to my faith. Which is a bad thing.

These ideas all come from a Book that's super old. Why is this revolutionary?

Because it's a personal revolution. It means changing everything about who I am to put myself in alignment with Scripture. Changing the way I think, the way I do things—everything.

And that's kind of what being a Christian is about, right? If we're not pledging to do this kind of growing every year—every day, in fact—are we really doing what we're supposed to?

I may come up short in some areas. After all, being perfect isn't easy. Or possible. But if I really try, I'm bound to grow, even a little bit, in all areas.

So. Who's up for a revolution?


  1. I've really been convicted lately about not having joy. I find myself getting really caught up in the little daily annoyances. So here's to a new year full of joy! :)

  2. Up for it? I don't know. Need it? For sure, but I will try.

    I hate a resolution. It's like saying "this is the thing I want to highlight failing at this year." It seems that no matter how hard you try the thing you point out as your target is the thing that is the hardest to complete.


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