Here’s a way to keep resolutions: Old/New/Renew

Resolutions are part and parcel of New Year’s tradition. My daughter and I have written our resolutions for many years. This year I am going to follow a new daily resolution practice centered around three words: Old / New / Renew. There are three verses that I like to think about that address each word:

For the Word “Old,” this verse from 2 Timothy: Continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it, and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings which are able to instruct you for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus (2 Timothy 3:14–15).

For the Word “New,” this verse from Isaiah: See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland (Isaiah 43:19).

For the Word “Renew,” this verse from Isaiah: But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint (Isaiah 40:31).

Here are activities that I resolved to do:

Old: These are activities that I am going to continue to do such as beginning the day with prayer, drinking a couple of glasses of water before coffee, focusing on deep breathing

New: These are things that will help me stay stronger such as doing the stretches I learned in physical therapy. Also, to combat eye strain, I am going to do the 20-20-20 rule: every 20 minutes I’ll look 20ft away for 20 seconds. What

Renew: These are activities that I would like to renew such as connecting with an old friend or colleague, going to bed at an earlier time, getting to church a little earlier.

It is manageable for me to focus on specific, incremental activities instead of big thematic ideas, (Lose Weight, Save Money, etc…). Through small, purposeful actions are easier to implement and give a feeling of accomplishment rather than resolution shaming.

What do you think? What are your resolutions? Would the Old / New / Renew be helpful for you?

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