It’s that time of the year where I start to get the itchy-fidgets and think up lots of resolutions for the New Year. Or, if not resolutions, semi-firm intentions about what would be good to change. The change of name doesn’t really impact on their longevity, but the thinking process is useful nonetheless.
In the past, this has included “let’s just eat vegetarian food in January” which has sometimes got as far as getting the Madhur Jaffrey books out, but seldom lasts more than a meal. Thinking about that one again for 2014, along with “let’s cook through a whole cookbook” (I was given “Save with Jamie” for Christmas and have the Hairy Bikers’ cookbooks as well which have always looked tempting). Think of how healthy we would be if we had a month of well-planned meals – think of how much money we would save!
Resolutions re: taking more exercise and getting fit and losing weight are also popular (grand schemes re: fitting in long walks before or after work have never come to fruition). This year’s incarnation is framed in terms of “let’s take the dog out for the day to the Lake District”. (Never start small when you can aim big, overreach and fail….).
Resolutions to see more family and friends and make better use of days off are also a frequent occurrence. In the past these have been reasonable successful – leading to regular Friday night dinners with friends while at vicar college. We’ve not quite got the knack of this back again since relocating to the Far North – now that we are both working full-time we are usually dead on our feet by Friday and spend most of Saturday mooching around getting energy levels back up. Still – I think that I could probably round up a few people for an evening of board games with cheese and biscuits and chutney, and there may be a few people interested in a day trip to Glasgow or Edinburgh.
A BibleGateway search on ‘plans’ includes the following:
Psalm 94:11 The Lord knows all human plans; he knows that they are futile.
Proverbs 19:21 Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails
So – will see how I get on….