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!!