We’re only one week into the year of our Lord 2016 and most likely many New Year’s resolutions have already been broken. If you’re still on track, congratulations! Keep up the great work! If you’ve already fallen off the wagon, remember that the year is young. It’s not too late!
Many in the latter category mean well but just don’t seem to have the self-discipline necessary to implement what they resolve. If that’s true in your case, don’t be too hard on yourself. Perhaps your goals are too broad, not specific enough, or unrealistic.
New Year’s resolutions might include cessation of a bad habit, whatever that habit might be. Or, in the case of those who struggle with weight, loss of excess body mass might be the pledge. For others, anger management is an issue that needs to be controlled. Those are fairly general goals.
It might help to begin with a more attainable objective, achievement of which would allow you to celebrate your success rather than to berate yourself for yet another failure. Remember that one must first learn how to crawl before being able to walk or to run.
Over the years of my life I’ve never really made hard and steadfast resolutions per se. That’s not because my life is perfect and has no need for improvement. It’s simply because I see a new year as an opportunity for new beginnings.
One new beginning for me this year, professionally speaking, is coming back home to a career I started in 1986. That was a new year I began by leaving parish ministry and working as Director of Development and soon thereafter as Executive Director of the Lutheran Foundation of Texas. It was a new, challenging and fulfilling type of ministry for me, one I enjoyed immensely!
Last week I rejoined LFOT as Inheritance Legacy Consultant. Essentially, my time will be spent preaching, teaching, writing, conducting seminars and workshops and visiting with individuals, couples and families. The primary focus is helping folks realize and fulfill their responsibilities as managers of assets entrusted to their care by the true owner of those assets, God himself.
I’ll focus on helping folks consider the possibilities and discover the options available when making decisions about what to do with the financial assets they have accumulated during their lifetime(s). Passing substantial inheritance to loved ones is not always as simple as it might seem. Supporting the ministry of charitable organizations can be done efficiently and effectively, with little or no reduction of, and often with increase in benefit for family members.
My new email address is GBJK@LFOT.org. Stay tuned!
That’s my new beginning for this year. What’s yours? God bless you in your new endeavors!