Did you make a New Year’s Resolution this year? Well, now all the hoop-la that surrounded the fiery determination you felt when you made that promise to yourself has died down, and you have been sorely tempted to settle back into some old, familiar and let’s face it – comfortable habits and patterns that you know are not too good for you!
I’m not scolding you, I’m talking to myself too! I told myself I would do a little exercise every day this year. Frankly, with the colder temperatures and feeling a little under the weather, it’s been a lot easier to sit in my recliner watching DVD’s of “Touched By an Angel”. I’m getting plenty of spiritual exercise, but that’s not taking my weight off.
To add further incentive, there is a new study that suggests it is not the weight we carry that necessarily harms us, but it is the fact that we do not do some form of physical activity every day! They say 20 minutes of walking every day will do the trick. It’s not the crazy one hour workout you do once in a blue moon that counts, but the consistent activity on a daily basis that will be the most beneficial.
January 17th is the most common date to give up on resolutions. Today we acknowledge (notice I did not say celebrate) DITCH NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS DAY.
I don’t have a gym membership. I exercise with a recumbent bike, treadmill, free weights and bands here in my house. I have a lovely area where I can walk when the weather is good. I just have to make it a priority.
The message I want to pass along to you today is that God did not make robots. There is not a button we can push to make us be perfect (I know because I’ve looked everywhere for it). Now, it may sound like I just offered you a perfect excuse to give up, but I’m not finished. Since we are not perfect, as we try to keep our resolutions we will not be perfect. I have not exercised every day this year. I missed yesterday, the 16th. Does that mean I will give up completely – throw my hands up and say, “Well that’s it then – I’m never going to exercise again because I didn’t keep my New Year’s Resolution” – ???
To quote the Apostle Paul… HEAVEN FORBID!!!
I’ll simply pick it up today and look ahead. Looking behind is not only a waste of time, it is totally pointless in every way. Look back for what? To beat myself up? To heap a pile of shame on myself? Shoot NO! I had a good day yesterday and maybe my body needed a rest – but yesterday is over and today I need an attitude that is positive and says, “YES I CAN!”
Join me and be a part of God’s “I CAN CLAN”. There is NOTHING we cannot accomplish with the Lord by our side, right? Good talk! Now – I gotta go exercise! 😉