Refuse to be Passive

Be It Re-Resolved

In Uncategorized on January 14, 2012 at 10:15 am

Dear Friend,

How I’ve missed you! Actually, how I’ve missed friendship in general. It’s not that I’m never around people. I’ve got my community memebers—the kids are currently in the living room with me and they’re making loads of noise. There was a games night last night and instead of opting to go, which I should have, I stayed home for the evening. In some ways it as a productive evening—sweeping the living room, washing dishes, and things of that sort, however there was also a good number of hours where I took my resolutions, snubbed them, and caught up with some TV episodes online and ate copious amounts of sugary food. It started out nice and ended out…not nice. Overeating is such a habit for me in the evenings and I’m still working on breaking that habit. Over Christmas I fell back into it hardcore, but now that Christmas is over, it’s time to get back to the lifestyle I want. As I am the queen of planning and intentions, I already know how I want to implement it. The key is actually doing it.

I’m reading the book, Don’t Waste Your Life by John Piper. I don’t know if I’ve written about this already, but he states clearly that our purpose in life is to glorify God and that God desires us to be utterly joyful through glorifying him. The two concepts—faith and joy are made to complement one another. Right. So how will I live that out in my life? Each morning I will strive to wake up and think, “What is God’s purpose for me in this day” rather than, “What do I have to do today?” If the two don’t match up, there needs to be some serious reflection on my priorities. Part of not wasting my life is to embrace community and a healthy living regime—from food consumption, to social life, to exercising, to school work—my relationship with God must be an umbrella over them all.

But, back to the fact that I’m a planner. First of all, I think that maybe I should making planning into a business. It’s possible, which is crazy, but kind of cool. Then I could let other people implement the plans I make. I was thinking about that fact that I’m much better at making plans than executing them when I passed a sandwich board the other day that said, “A field is never plowed by going over it in your mind.” Well isn’t that the truth! The other truth is that just because resolutions are broken, it doesn’t mean that they can’t be repaired or restated. Do you have a New Year’s resolution that you’ve broken already? Think through the steps you’ll need to take to get yourself back on track. Right now I’m toying with the idea of going to the gym, but it’s –14 outside and I’m afraid I’m running short on time before my aunt and uncle come to pick me up for the family Christmas.

Re-resolutions for me include:

I resolve to choose people over TV—God created humans to be social, so social I will be!

I resolve to eat more at meals and eliminate night time snacking—this is a bit of a head thing, and I’m still not sure how it will work out, aside from the fact that I’ll have to keep myself busy or go to bed! I may also need to find a place outside the home to do my studying. Snacks and such are too readily available within my home. Sadly, my favourite local coffee shop closes at 8pm. How is that helpful? Time to find a new coffee shop!

I resolve to spend money on experiences, not things.

I resolve to choose to look for the silver lining. I resolve to be positive even in the negative.

Goodness, what a large order on that last resolve! No more complining?! Isn’t that what most conversations are primarily made of? Not anymore! Oie. And I’m going to a family reunion. Hmm…interesting concept.

But this is the close of my letter to you. I need to move along the laundry and put away the curried pumpkin soup on the stove. And then, maybe I’ll take a shower. It would be good not to smell when seeing the extended family.


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