By Jennie Atkins
Less than a month ago, I had a complete knee replacement along with the rebuilding of each of the ligaments in my knee. Although it was a much needed procedure, it didn't come without its share of humiliation, struggle, and realization of how fragile our human bodies are.
Mostly it meant pulling from an inner strength I could only credit God for. Each movement, each step needed to be calculated, especially when the rebuilding of my knee meant learning to walk all over again—the right way.
The time of being totally dependent on my hero husband who took care of my every need for days before I became mobile, left me examining the many things that I do that were unnecessary. It also gave me a time to reflect on the year behind me and plan for the year ahead. If anything, it gave me the desire to become a better all-round person, to grow spiritually, physically, and mentally. But mostly to not sit around and settle for the status-quo.
Am I setting a goal? Making the standard “I want to do this” resolution? No, because I don't believe a resolution should be a hard goal, but a decision to move in a positive direction. I believe sometimes we set unrealistic goals for ourselves and they become more of a burden than an inspiration. (i.e. to miraculously lose a huge amount of weight, quit a bad habit cold turkey, etc.) These types of goals often become history long before January comes to an end.
What do I want my outcome to be at the end of 2014? I want to say that I've grown closer to the woman God wants me to be. To be more positive, less condescending, and hopefully be able to make a difference in someone's life.
Your turn: How do you feel about resolutions?