Can I get a woop-woop for celebrating the birth of baby Jesus this coming weekend?
Clearly, I’m a little excited. If you want to read about Christmas, check out my post about putting the Christ back in Christmas.
But… do you know who I am?
I started listening to Christmas music on October 1. I love, love, love the holiday and the reason for the season, but I’m Angie. I’m the future-obsesser, the forward-looker. In other words, New Year’s resolutions started creeping into my dreams shortly after my tryptophan-induced nap on turkey day.
I’ve decided to switch up the usual “lose weight” and “eat healthier” resolutions for 2011. Instead, I’m resolving to say no.
I’m not a “maybe” girl. I’m not even a “yes” girl.
I’m a “YES! YES! Pick me!” girl.
A little voice in my head repetitively screams, “please people, all people!” She’s been there my whole life, and sometimes I forget she exists. Until I start to drown in the repercussions of her annoyingly affirmative answers.
Not cool. Not cool at all.
Sometimes I forget that pleasing people doesn’t always please God. There are definite instances where the two parallel one another. Helping someone who’s clearly in need or listening to a distraught friend are obvious ways that pleasing people also pleases God. So many of my people-pleasing stresses aren’t about God at all. In fact, most are fueled by selfish means. I often please people to feel better about myself. I strive to be ambitious, driven, organized, intelligent, money-savvy, domestic, happy… and the list goes on.
Why? Because I’ve always been that way. Because myself and my world expect it. And because I enjoy an accolade every now and then.
But always saying yes takes the focus off of Him.
I’m resolving to say no to:
- consuming media and food that don’t fuel clean living
- overbooking my schedule and squelching daily focus on Him
- homemaking excessively, and in turn, making an unhappy home
- focusing on my handful of worries instead of my myriad blessings
- becoming smarter in my field than I am wise in His word
- sitting on it, both mentally and physically
And by saying no to these things, in my usual fashion, I will say “YES! YES! Pick me!” to Him.
What are your resolutions this year?