Every year I try and set a New Year’s Resolution for myself. My resolution is usually a high-in-the-sky lofty intention. Something that I will never achieve. Most likely within a month I won’t remember what I actually wanted to accomplish. New Year’s Resolutions can be funny too! For instance if you say this year I am going be honest and truthful no matter what! The bible says in Proverbs that it is better to conceal a matter at times. I don’t think it will go well for you if you tell your loved one that you don’t like something that they cooked or that something that they did for you wasn’t really what you wanted!
As I was thinking about New Year’s Resolutions. I was wondered when they started and I found this information on the web. I thought you might find this interesting.
HISTORY OF NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS
As we mentioned earlier, New Year’s Day celebrations began in Pre- Christian times, beginning with the Babylonians in March but changed to January by the Romans.
The custom of setting “New Years resolutions” began during this period in Rome, as they made such resolutions with a moral flavor: mostly to be good to others. But when the Roman Empire took Christianity as its official state religion in the 4th century, these moral intentions were replaced by prayers and fasting. For example, Christians chose to observe the Feast of the Circumcision on January 1 in place of the revelry otherwise indulged in by those who did not share the faith. This replacement had varying degrees of success over the centuries, and Christians hesitated observing some of the New Year practices associated with honoring the pagan god Janus.
Puritans avoided the indulgences associated with New Year’s celebrations and other holidays. In the 18th century, Puritans avoiding even naming Janus. Instead they called January “First Month.”
In contrast to this, the Puritans urged their children to skip the revelry and instead spend their time reflecting on the year past and contemplating the year to come. In this way they adopted again the old custom of making resolutions. These were enumerated as commitments to better employ their talents, treat their neighbors with charity, and avoid their habitual sins.
I also wanted to know the top ten most common Resolutions that people made and never kept.
- Lose Weight and Get Fit
- Quit Smoking
- Learn Something New
- Eat Healthier and Diet
- Get Out of Debt and Save Money
- Spend More Time with Family
- Travel to New Places
- Be Less Stressed
- Drink Less
The difference between a Resolution and a Goal. Is a New Year’s Resolution is based on a vow with an intent to fulfill . Where a Goal is working towards an objective with a purpose to achieve.This year I would rather set some attainable goals that I can really achieve. I know if I don’t write these goals down then I will probably forget them in a month. I have also heard that it is always best to set short term goals first and then it will become easier to set some long term goals.
I would like to set goals in several different areas. Like spiritual, family, financial and health. My short term goal would probably start with six months then one year and possibly five year goals.
Some examples of goals I would set for myself are: Spiritual – Continue memorizing the first chapter in James. Read the bible in one year. Start a book study. Stay consistent in my quiet time and prayer. Mental – read at least three books in the next six months. health – Stay consistent in my exercise routine and get back to eating a low carb diet. Social – Set aside more time with friends, minister to others showing hospitality and generosity, to name a few.
Anyway, whatever you decide for your New Year’s Resolution or your goals keep it positive and don’t forget to laugh at yourself! Laughter is good medicine. Have a Happy New Year and be blessed!