I adore new years. There’s something about flipping the page on the calendar (yes, I still have a wall calendar) that gives me hope! I can accomplish the things important to me. I can make changes that need to be made. I can . . . I know I can.
I don’t just make resolutions. I make lists! They’re wonderful things of real beauty. And they are good for me because they capture for a moment the things God has placed on my heart.
Some people don’t like the idea of new year’s resolutions. I understand. For some people, this is added pressure to an already stressful life. Maybe the reason I do like them is that I don’t put pressure on myself. They’re GOALS. Some I will reach. Others I won’t. But all of them are good things to add to my life.
So how do we “resolve” simply? Maybe we can change our resolutions. Maybe we can ease up a bit.
Instead of losing twenty pounds, I can resolve to make healthy choices each day.
Instead of working out an hour daily, I can resolve to be active.
Instead of vowing to eliminate every debt, we can resolve to pray over all major purchasing decisions.
Writing Amish fiction has changed the way I look at many things, including new year’s resolutions. The Amish life is simple—there are fewer choices, less conflict, a day-to-day dependence on one another and on God. Everyone wants to improve though. I’m sure my Amish friends greet the new year with hopes, dreams, and decisions to live a little differently. It’s one of the things we share in common . . . this goal, this resolution, to strive to be the person God has called us to be.