The New Year has started, so we all feel obligated to make a new resolution. New Year’s resolutions are usually self-focused. When we break our resolution in the first quarter of the year, no one really notices because our goals are self-absorbed. I am referring to resolutions such as: losing weight, making more money, getting better jobs, more recreation, and better vacations. I suppose some things in that list may benefit others (like losing weight for your family, or making more money to give to charity). However, most of the time those self-absorbed goals are disconnected from others.
What is a resolution you can make that will benefit others? If you make a goal that will benefit someone else, there is an intangible factor that will give your resolution new meaning. Your resolution will leave your small world of self, and it will touch lives around you. This list could include things like kindness, prayer, hospitality – you can figure it out.
I am going to take sometime this month to figure out what goals to make in 2009 that will bring great benefit to the people I love. I am not going to let the first few days rush me.
What kind of resolutions are you making that will benefit others? Really, I would love to know.