New Year's Resolutions - what's on your list? | Nashville Christian Family Magazine

Is January the perfect time for you to get healthy? Many think that January is the PERFECT time to start getting healthy for various reasons. But most never last. In this article, my hope is to teach you the biblical thinning around new years resolutions so that you never “fail” one again.

I was talking with a friend of mine the other day and he was telling me how he hates the crazy surge of people in the gym for the new year. He went on to say how after a few months it goes back to normal after most of the people inevitably end up quitting.

Which got me thinking. Why is it that everyone wants to make changes in January? Many people tend to be extreme during the holidays so they think their change needs to be proportionally extreme to get back to healthy. Sometimes this change is made out of guilt because of any weight gain they have had over Nov/Dec.

People think that eventually there will be some PERFECT time to start taking care of themselves… But then the busyness of January hits. They fall off of the extreme diet/plan they are on because it wasn’t sustainable with their current schedule. 

THEN they decide that January wasn’t the best time… “EHH this isn’t working, I’ll start something when X happens…” or “Once my busy season is over I’ll make a change”. The cycle continues over and over. Month over month. Year after year. Until they get 10-15 years down the road and HAVE to make a change because the stress they have put their body through has finally caught up.

This DOES NOT have to be the case for you. There is hope.  But first, you MUST fix this harmful mindset. The mindset of thinking that there will be a PERFECT TIME to start taking care of yourself. There will never be a perfect time.

The question you need to ask yourself is: “How do I know?” How can you know for certain that something else won’t come up? Procrastination is really just a form of pride. It’s thinking that you know for certain something that will be in the future. When you really can’t. Let me back up some of what I am saying with what the Bible says about procrastination.

“Do not boast about tomorrow, For you do not know what a day may bring forth.” (Proverbs 27:1)

“Come now, you who say ‘Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit; whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow.” (James 4:13-14)

The fact is, we do not know FOR SURE what will happen tomorrow, or in 3 months, or in a year. But we do have today.  The best time to start taking care of your health is NOW. Do you have a window of opportunity to start taking the right steps in your health? Small, imperfect steps towards where you want to be will pay dividends in the long run. Getting to the root of the issue is key to FINALLY having lasting progress in our health.

Ashton Tate is the founder of Glory to Glory Fitness. They help busy, productive leaders have more energy to meet the demands of leadership, so they can do everything God has called them to in every area of life.

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