As someone who worked in the fitness industry for more than 20 years, I'm not a big fan of the New Year's resolution. The gyms become twice as busy and the regulars become twice as angry about all the machines being taken.
Resolutions are really good intentions. I find the best way these work is knowing they will. Too many of us state how we're going to "try" as opposed to this is the year I "will". I've heard it said that the best way to follow through on a resolution is to be specific. For example, "I'm going to lose 15 lbs by May 1st in comparison to "I'm going to lose weight this year and get in better shape.". Specificity helps you gauge where you're at and can also motivate you.
Secondly, I feel resolutions work best with accountability. I feel we need others around us to "coach" us, not "critique". People who are FOR US. People who will check in to see how we're doing.
Lastly, I believe the best resolutions are the ones that change us forever, not just for a year or several months. Creating a habit. Based on my faith, I've often made commitments to read the Bible more which, in turn, helps me become a better person. I am challenging you this year to join me. This Bible has changed my life. I am a different person than I was years ago. I am asking any of you to join me in a quest to strengthen our faith and to read through the Bible in a year. I've done this the last 2 years and I cannot tell you just how much it has helped me.
Here's your warning: Life WILL get in the way. You will be distracted. You will fall behind. But here's my promise: God will change you. You WILL be different and you will not regret it.
I am asking you to email me (Rich@fellowshipchurchct.com) if you are interested in taking on this challenge - and let me know you're in. I will, in turn, check on you and at times, email you some thoughts. The plan is called "Bible in One Year 2017" Here's the link to get started. We'll start "officially" on New Year's Day.
Looking forward to what God has store for all of us in 2017!