I made only five New Year’s resolutions last year, and I must confess I completed only one. [sigh] I nearly completed another but didn’t quite make it, and the others fell by the wayside.
I’ve decided to try a different strategy! I once heard if we are undisciplined in one area of our lives, all other areas will suffer as well. The fact that I failed to keep 4 out of 5 resolutions, with my weakest one not even making the list, would seem to bear that out. Many years ago when a previous church we attended was seeking to make some improvements in the ministry, we were handed a booklet having a picture of a bucket with broken and worn slats. We were then asked to list some of the parts of the ministry that needed the most attention. The booklet suggested we work on our weakest area, which was symbolized by the shortest slat on the bucket. Then it said something like, “The bucket can hold only as much water as the shortest slat, so if you work to fix it first, your bucket will hold more water, but if you try raising a taller slat, you’re bucket will still hold the same amount of water.” Isn’t that brilliant? So, I am going to use that strategy and choose my weakest area and make only one New Year’s resolution this year! I’ll let you know how it’s working.
Happy New Year!!
January 1st, 2013 at 1:21 am
This makes total sense to me. I will remember this visual when I make own resolutions for 2013. I’ll let you know how it’s working. 🙂 Thanks, Rene.
January 1st, 2013 at 1:26 am
Yes, please do! And feel free to hold me accountable. ((hugs))
January 1st, 2013 at 7:45 am
Sounds very good, and I think it is a good idea go for the weak point. Good luck and let us know!
January 1st, 2013 at 12:40 pm
Thank you, Ute! I’ll keep you posted!
January 1st, 2013 at 8:35 am
I believe that this is one of your finest posts, and one we can all benefit from. I have not made any resolutions this year, (yet). The message of this post really is brilliant, and worth careful thought. My bucket has several ‘short’ and broken slats… I need to get busy.
Now… where to begin?….
January 1st, 2013 at 12:41 pm
Thank you so much, g. Once I have this weakest slat fixed, I plan to start on the next even before the new year comes around. Happy New Year, my friend!
January 1st, 2013 at 9:52 am
Excellent suggestion! Happy New Year! 🙂
January 1st, 2013 at 12:43 pm
Thank you! Happy New Year!!
January 2nd, 2013 at 5:57 am
Beautiful blog .thank you for share it for us
January 2nd, 2013 at 8:42 am
Thank you, Maxima, for visiting and leaving a comment. 🙂
January 2nd, 2013 at 11:53 am
Hi Rene. A big hug and a wonderful 2013 are my gifts for you. Love Ralph x
January 2nd, 2013 at 1:05 pm
And what wonderful gifts they are! Thank you, Ralph! A big hug and best wishes for the new year to you, too!
January 2nd, 2013 at 3:20 pm
You are very welcome, dear Rene, very welcome 😀
January 2nd, 2013 at 12:02 pm
My bucket looks more like a plate 😦 Just kidding but do need to look at what really is my weakest area and go from there. Thanks for the idea!
January 2nd, 2013 at 1:11 pm
Aww, don’t be too hard on yourself, Ann Louise. Since we’ve barely met, I don’t really know you, but I get the impression from your blog that your bucket is taller than a plate. And Christ keeps pouring into your bucket as you refresh others with His life-giving water. Blessings to you for the new year!
January 12th, 2013 at 2:41 pm
Loved this!!! Can’t believe you found the perfect bucket picture for your post!!!!
January 12th, 2013 at 4:37 pm
Thank you so much, Diane! I actually created the image by modifying a bucket photo, because I couldn’t find one that fit.
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