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My husband and I have a tradition.  Every December 31st, after the kids go to bed, we settle in to discuss our goals for the coming year.  (I don’t do resolutions.  I learned long ago that they tend to melt long before the snow does.) 

Before we write our new goals, however, we review the goals we made in the last year and check off the ones we accomplished, usually about half.  For a recovering perfectionist like me, realizing that we’ve accomplished only half the goals is sobering.  But then, we review all the goals we’ve had in all the years we’ve been writing them.  That, my friends, is downright depressing.

Year after year, certain goals return to the list.  Year after year, we fail to accomplish them.

What is our problem?  I ask myself.  These are not pie-in-the-sky wishes.  We should be able to accomplish these goals.

I can’t speak for my hubby, but I believe that I have discovered the root of my problem:


Ouch.  It actually hurt to write that.

Mirrors don’t lie.  Scales don’t lie.  Account balances don’t lie.  Facts are facts, and if I had more self-discipline, the facts would be easier on the eyes.

It’s not that I lack will-power.  No, I “will” for a lot of things.  It’s just that (honestly) I want that chocolate dessert more than I want to lose a few pounds, as an example. 

Anybody with me?

By and large, people who enjoy success are the ones who worked hard to make it happen.  It doesn’t happen by magic, by wishing or by a handful of pixie dust.  They had the self-discipline to make success the only option.

If we are to be the people God intends for us to be, we need to do the harder things.  He never promised that His way would be easy (camel through the eye of the needle and all that).  He did, however, promise that He would be with us every arduous step of the way.

This year, I resolve… er… pledge to do the harder things…

 to grow this fruit of the spirit in me…

to lean into God’s promises to me…

and to find out what I am capable of achieving – with His help. 


“For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.”  (2 Timothy 1:7, NIV)


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