“New year new me,” is one of those catchy repeatable mantras. New year resolutions, packed gyms, and filled church chairs seem to lead the culture for January at least. I am not complaining about it, but I am wondering what the sticking rate of these things are. Someone told me something interesting about why they don’t call their goals resolutions. She said, “once you fail a resolution, you completely just drop it, no matter how much more of the year you have left.” I had previously never looked at it that way. Do you ever feel so defeated by a small hiccup that you give up?
I have fallen and still fall for silly things like diets can only start at the beginning of the week or gym membership can only start at the beginning of the month. The one I hear the most is I have screwed up too much to be in church, if I walk in there the walls will crumble. New year new me can be Biblical. 2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” (NIV). We are called to be new and even though we fall short God shows us grace. So when you fall short on your goals, don’t give up on them. You are a child of the most high who shows you grace and mercy. So in the words of Aaliyah, “if at first you don’t succeed, pick yourself up and try again.”