2023 New Year’s Resolutions

2023 New Year’s Resolutions

Happy New Year!

May 2023 be the best year ever for you and yours.

Right or wrong, illogical or not, New Year’s Day is a good time to make resolutions. Yeah, maybe it is an excuse to procrastinate (e.g. Why didn’t you start doing X or Y months ago?) Maybe we are setting ourselves up for failure (when we resolve to do something we’ve failed at before, e.g. a diet). Maybe we are just fooling ourselves.

But, isn’t it better than giving up?

Yes. It. is.

Assuming I’m correct, how should we choose what makes the list?

As 2022 came to a close, I realized that I have been prioritizing wrongly. That how my spend my time does not reflect what is really important. That modern blessings have become a curse.

As such, this year I have only two resolutions:

  1. To love the Lord my God with all my heart and all of my soul and all of my mind
  2. To love my neighbor as myself

(See Matthew 22:34-40.)

In the “Which are better, systems or goals?” debate, I would argue those are a system. I also have goals for 2023 (e.g. to slim down, to learn to play the keyboard, to become proficient with Python), but I intend to weigh how I spend what little time I have left on this earth by those two measures.

In line with #2, loving you as myself, I ask you to consider choosing the same two resolutions, definitely so if you are a Christian.

For the non-Christian, I would suggest that everybody worships something, whether we admit (or recognize) it or not, and that may mean it better you just have #2. If what you worship makes #2 impossible or difficult, then you are undeniably devoted to the wrong god.

For the Christian, if you live in a country like the United States, it is likely your blessings are a curse too. Yes, we are saved by grace through faith, not by our own works (Ephesians 2:8-9). However, the Lord our God makes it clear through His Word that “easy believism” is bogus and may instead indicate you don’t truly believe. (Take a look at the Epistle of James, John 14:15, and Luke 6:46 to start.)

A simple barometer of our faith is how we spend our “elective” time. Look at the things you do every day. Look at how much time you spend on each item.

Then ask yourself if you really put God first and love your neighbor as yourself…

…while thoughtfully considering the wise words of a non-Christian, physicist Richard Feynman: “The first principle is that you must not fool yourself, and you are the easiest person to fool.”

Back to the non-Christian, please reconsider who you worship. I explain more on my Gospel Claims site.

To everyone, I truly wish the best this year for you and yours. At the end of my thought for todays, I end with, “I love you, see you again soon.” I come up short on loving you as myself…and I definitely come up short on putting God first. But, I am working on it and committed to those resolutions.

Will you join me?

P.S. In addition to the image above (full-sized version), feel free to use these two 2023 calendars to help remind you of what is really important:
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New Year’s Resolutions (2022)

Was 2021 a hard year for you? I suspect for most, even if it wasn’t “hard,” it at least had a downward slope. Thus, why I like this humorous graphic from Clipart.com:

2022 pushing 2021 away


Personally, other than the sense of malaise that COVID-19, politics, and the economy provided, I cannot complain. I remained employed in a job I love (great company, great boss, and a great team), my first grandchild arrived, my family is healthy…

And I could go on. Thank you Lord for all my blessings.

It doesn’t mean 2021 didn’t have its challenges. I tore the patella tendon off my left kneecap and am still far from 100% after surgery. Work was overwhelming for a couple months (or more). My youngest son was in the hospital for a few days thanks to myocarditis from his second Pfizer shot.

Not to mention, I type this recovering from mouth surgery that was required so I can keep my front teeth. Let’s just say the prescribed mush diet, especially over the holiday period, is less than appealing. 🙂

Knowing that God’s blessings (both temporal and eternal) far outweigh these hiccups (and the sense of malaise), sadly, doesn’t mean I don’t get depressed or negative. I do, but one might argue I essentially cry over spilt milk.

Which is why my #1 resolution for 2022 is…

Be more positive.

Why should I? Not only do I think it’ll have other benefits, but ’cause the Bible advices it. For instance…

Philippians 4:4 (New International Version):

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

Now, I’m not talking about thoughtless or senseless forced emotion. The Bible isn’t like some positive-thinking self-help book. As Ecclesiastes 3:1 notes:

There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:

Which means:

Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn (Romans 12:15).

I am not going to tell someone who is facing great loss to “think on the bright side,” and I will allow myself the honesty of my true feelings. However, I will choose the overall atmosphere of my emotions, and in 2022…

I will be more positive.

Will you join me?

(One request though…please click through the verse links above and read them in context. There is so much wisdom and beauty surrounding them, it almost feels wrong quoting such small snippets.)

Now…a more complete list of my resolutions for 2022:

  1. Be more positive
  2. Be more spiritual (prayer, eyes on Jesus, etc.)
  3. Family (being 2,000 miles away from most of them, I’ll need God’s wisdom on what this means)
  4. Read through the Bible (please visit here if you want to join me)
  5. Be deliberate, but don’t worry if I cannot get everything done
  6. Learn to play the keyboard (and make music with controllers and DAWs)
  7. Listen; really listen
  8. Read more and write more
  9. Take more photos and record more videos
  10. Love more

What do you think? What’s on your list?

Whatever yours is, and no matter how 2021 was for you, Happy New Year and I hope that 2022 is your best year ever!

Happy New Year 2022!

(Cross-posted on my Traditores.org blog.)


Happy New Year (2022)!

Looking for a graphic for a more thoughtful New Year’s post, I ran into this on Clipart.com (a graphics subscription service I highly recommend):

Can I get a hooyah?! 🙂

More importantly, I hope that 2022 is the best year ever for you and yours. Well, until 2023, then 2024, then… 🙂