How Will You Change The World? #happy2012

Happy New Year 2012!

Happy New Year 2012!

This post goes out at precisely the exact moment that this world turns 2012 (or, at least, when the CST time zone crosses the timeline into the year).

New Years Day is a big day for lots of people.  It’s the last day of ‘the Holiday season’ and the beginning of a new year.

People like new things.  People like change.  People like a second chance.

One of the most popular things to do on New Year’s Day is to make a list of resolutions.

Do you know what it means to be resolute?

Admirably purposeful, determined, and unwavering.

In my opinion, most New Year’s Resolutions end up in the toilet within a few days, weeks, or months (some, literally end up in the toilet… but that’s gross).

Why?

People are not always, and at the same time, admirable, purposeful, determined, nor unwavering.

Purposeful – Having or showing determination, or resolve.

Determined – The act of coming to a decision or of fixing or setting a purpose.

Unwavering – Not wavering or hesitant; resolute.

Admirable – Excellent; first-rate.

Most often people have a false sense of purpose… or they don’t really know what they’re fighting for.

then they have this adrenaline rush, and engage in rash determination.

But eventually the waves hit… and they realize their resolution wasn’t as unwavering as they had hoped.

And they give up… realizing that their efforts were not excellent, nor first-rate by any means.

My one plea to you:  If you publicly announce that you are going to engage in a resolution this new year… think long and hard about the long road.  Resolute decisions are never easy in the long run, and often require a level of character and stamina that most men simply do not have.  If you are sure you have what it takes… than I look forward to your success!

Happy New Year!

8 Comments

  1. Paul Diederich on January 1, 2012 at 12:13 AM

    Hold on to hope
    And take courage again.

    Only by Christ in me and through me.

    Wishing you the best in ’12.

  2. Kelsey Bitney on January 1, 2012 at 12:23 AM

    A friend of mine decides on a new mantra for each new year rather than a list of resolutions. He spends time thinking of the specific areas of his personal, professional, and spiritual life that he would like to dedicate time to, and eventually stumbles upon a mantra that can encompass those broad goals. I’ve been thinking about doing the same this year and keep coming back to “Why not now?” – why put off saying, doing, being? Why not take time each day to make sure my actions are with integrity, purpose, and zest for life?

    Resolution or not, it’s exciting to think about what the year will hold. I used to think of the new year as a new beginning, a washing away of what I didn’t enjoy about the year before.. but the more I think of years as chances to build on my own experiences and those of others, the more I seem to get out of each day, including the more difficult ones.

    I’m glad you’ve been sharing your blog.

    • Samuel John Hodgett on January 1, 2012 at 12:34 AM

      Kelsey,
      LOVELY points. Yea, I just get so sick of false commitment.
      You see it all the time… people get pumped up, the buzz wears off, and they realize they’re drinking urine (okay, that was a way-whacko analogy, but you get the point).
      People psych them selves up to accomplish major tasks, people get excited for them, cheer for them… and then once the party fades away, people forget about that particular goal… and that person quickly gives up and moves on.

      I don’t want to be that person. I want to live my life 110% authenitcally.
      LOVE your mantra… “Why not now?” Yes… “why not take time each day to make sure my actions are with integrity, purpose, and zest for life?”

      Thanks Kelsey… I’ve loved starting my blog, and am looking forward to the future of it!!

  3. Dawn Myers on January 2, 2012 at 9:28 PM

    Ahhh resolutions!! That’s why I don’t make any…I know ME all too well.
    With that said, the start of 2012 has me desiring to really get a hold of God’s peace and joy as my focus; I want less anxiety…..and more of resting in His grace and really seeing His daily provision.

    Glad I finally took time to read your blogs Sam! Thanks for sharing, I look forward to more.

    • Samuel John Hodgett on January 3, 2012 at 12:23 AM

      Thanks Dawn… I’m also looking forward to more! Hope to see you around the blog more… you can always subscribe!

  4. Brian Lulek on January 3, 2012 at 12:11 AM

    I want to make a resolution but I think this is exactly why I never do…you gotta follow through! I think Pastor Bart said it best, that if we can just go to God with a heart longing for forgiveness then we can actually move past the sin and see some real transformation. Resolutions are usually something we think we can do on our own, but with any true transformation, we need God to facilitate it…

    • Samuel John Hodgett on January 3, 2012 at 12:24 AM

      So true Brian… only God has the capacity and strength to truly follow through. If we can learn to tap into His power and authority, we can truly accomplish all that He has for us… faith.
      Congrats on the iPod man!

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