By Pastor Jon Larson  |  From the Pastors

While there certainly is a buzz as the New Year approaches, I’m not one who makes New Year’s Resolutions. For me, they seem somewhat superficial.

Of course I want to better myself and bring about some positive changes in my life, and let’s face it… what better time to begin than the New Year…day one.

Yet it’s often the case that within the first few weeks or even days, we get frustrated trying to quit (whatever it is) cold turkey and wind up breaking those Resolutions. Most likely we just throw in the towel and think, “Well, there’s always next year.” For example, if my Resolution is to give up coffee—whether it’s my Quad Venti Mocha from Starbucks or my Large Moosed Mocha from Caribou—chances are by day two I will either have a bad day and “deserve” one or a friend will want to meet for coffee and…. BOOM – Resolution done!

So Resolutions…not my thing.

However, with that said, I do make New Year’s Intentions. While it may just seem like semantics (Resolutions vs. Intentions), a New Year’s Intention causes me to reflect a bit more deeply, not only on something I would like to change about me, but how does that change have a positive impact on those around me. It also gives me a sense of permission that if I do wind up messing up a bit, it’s not the end of the world. For example, one day of eating Boneless Buffalo Wings and French Fries does not constitute a total failure of my intention of trying to make healthier food choices.

So New Year’s Intention =
• Something that benefits me.
• Something that benefits those around me.
• Its success is not contingent on my ability to be perfect.

So my New Year’s Intention is to see how much weight I can lose between January 1 and the end of Minnesota Foodshare Month on March 31. For every pound I lose I will donate $10. This means making better food choices, taking time to exercise, and if I have a Quad Venti Mocha or a Large Moosed Mocha, it’s not the end of the world. Who knows, it may even have a positive impact on my pocketbook as well.

So what’s your New Year’s Intention? How does it benefit you, those around you, and how can you be successful even when you’re not perfect?

Pastor Jon