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January 1, 2014

The small moments in life are the ones that count

COMMERCE — The new year is here. The food is gone and it’s time to get back to work and a chance to start fresh.

And of course we all know what that means: resolutions.

Whether it be a resolution to stay fit, eat healthier or try something new, people will try to make a huge change in their lives on Jan. 1.

For many people though, that resolution fizzles out come Feb. 1.

I recently read an article by David Tripp called “Trading one dramatic resolution for 10,000 little ones” that touches onto what I think we get caught up in when we think of ourselves as stars in Hollywood blockbusters.

He argues, like the title suggests, that our lives are lived not from one big decision to the next, but in the day to day mundane lives of waking up, getting dressed and driving to work.

Here is a little excerpt from the article:

“Most of us won’t be written up in history books.

“Most of us only make three or four momentous decisions in our lives, and several decades after we die, the people we leave behind will struggle to remember our lives at all.

“You and I live in little moments, and if God doesn’t rule our little moments and doesn’t work to recreate us in the middle of them, then there is no hope for us, because that is where you and I live.”

If we don’t focus on changing the 10,000 little things in our lives, then we will never change the big things in our lives.

The little things add up, fast.

Make a resolution to wake up 30 minutes earlier and go for a walk and have more time to read the Bible before going to work.

In the summer of 2009, I was 5’9, 228 lbs, and was nearing having to go to the doctor because my heart could not handle the way I treated my body.

That had to change.

By the summer of 2010, I was still 5’9, but I was now 178 lbs.

Do you know what huge change I made?

I walked and ate better. That’s it. I didn’t join a gym or make some extremely huge change, I just woke up earlier and went for a two-mile walk with my mom every day, did 20 pushups and started making sandwiches instead of ordering pizza or getting fast food every day.

And let me tell you, after a few months of making sandwiches, I had it down to an art form.

Now if you’re already active but want to push yourself harder physically like me, then a gym and personal trainer may be for you.

My goal for 2014 is to Lord willing run 800 miles and go from my current weight of 165 lbs. to 185 lbs. in muscle.

To do that, I have a few friends who are there to train with me and keep me accountable.

A way to meet my miles is my friend Yoshi and I plan to run a good amount of 5ks in the area. We both enjoy running and one of her goals is to lower her 5k run time by a few minutes. She’s also going to be apart of a fitness convention so her diet is very disciplined.

She’s helping me eat better, I’m helping her run faster. A win win.

I also have other friends, Tyler and Eric, who want to gain muscle over the new year so we plan on going to the gym to work out in the morning three days a week. The key is to find a plan, get some friends to keep you accountable and stick to it.

You can’t do it alone.

Not every resolution is a physical one.

Some want to be better fathers, mothers, husbands or wives.

As Tripp wrote in his article, it’s not about making the huge changes, it’s about the little ones.

Husbands, start cooking breakfast or one of the meals a day for your wives, or say “I love you” more. Write a letter to her once a month or simply just talk with her instead of watching sports.

What’s more important, the happiness of your wife or watching the Cowboys miss the playoffs yet again? (In that case, it will make you both happier.)  

Your wife would love time spent on a date with you much more than a new dress or necklace.

Fathers and mothers, play with your children. Hold a family Bible reading every night, or at least a few nights a week.

Life is lived in the mundane day to day ordinary lives.

So remember, if you want to change, start small, but dream big.

The full article by Paul Tripp can be found at www.desiringgod.org/blog/posts/trading-one-dramatic-resolution-for-10-000-little-ones

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