Become a V.I.P: 7 Secrets to Crafting Resolutions with an Impact
by Rebecca E. Ondov
Christmas music gaily played in the background as I finished up my morning Bible study. Putting my Bible away, I placed a notepad on my lap and stared at the blank sheet of paper in front of me. It’s going to be a new year in a few days. I suppose I should jot down some resolutions. I sighed and chewed on the end of the pen, but nothing came to mind. Other than discouragement.
Until that point in time, I’d broken nearly every New Year’s Resolution that I’d made. And shortly after I made them. Have you ever felt discouraged about making New Year’s Resolutions? Since then, I’ve discovered 7 secrets to crafting resolutions that make an impact—and those secrets make it easy to follow through. Would you like to have fun creating resolutions that are easy to keep, yet are meaningful?
My journey began when I looked at the resolutions I’d failed to keep. They were focused on me. That’s okay for a few, but not for all of them. They seemed shallow and meaningless. But everything changed when I started making resolutions focused on giving to others through becoming a V.I.P, a Volunteer Impacting People. There’s an unspeakable joy that comes from giving, because giving reflects God’s heart.
Over the years, I’ve become a V.I.P in many fun ways. I’ve honed this process of crafting my resolutions into 7 simple secrets. Secrets that you can use to set yourself up for success this year.
1. Pray. The first thing I do is to pray and commit my year to the Lord. I ask Him to lead me through this process to the things that He wants me to do. I don’t want to fritter away my life by doing “good things.” Instead I want to invest my precious time into doing “God things.”
This will make your resolutions meaningful and fulfilling.
2. Budget your time and money. Take a few minutes to sit down with your calendar in front of you and get real with yourself. How much time do you have to volunteer? Would it work better to volunteer in small chunks of time, like 15-20 minutes a couple days a week? Or is it better to volunteer once a month for a couple hours? Could your family do something together?
Do the same with your financial budget. How much extra money are you willing to use for your added expenses (gas, clothing, babysitting) and possible donations?
This will help you set boundaries so that your resolutions don’t become a burden.
3. What are the things that touch your heart (your hot-button) when you hear about them? Do you have a desire to help children that are needy? To serve the aging? To foster/rescue animals? Or to change something in your community? God puts the desires in our hearts and it’s up to us to discover them and follow through.
This will give your resolutions a passion.
4. What organizations are involved in dealing with your “hot-button”? Although my community is very small, I’m constantly discovering groups and organizations that are actively making my town a better place to live. Great ways to discover them are by: looking in your local paper at the community calendar; calling local churches to have them make a recommendation; contact government agencies to find out what is available in your area; and of course Google.
This will give your resolutions a direction.
5. What are ways that you could contribute to those organizations? When God puts a desire in your heart, He also equips you and empowers you with talents. Often times the things that you brush off because they are so easy for you—are the exact talents that are needed!
This will give your resolutions value—and you too!
6. Interview the organizations where you think you’d like to help out. Meet the people. Do they represent a team that you’d like to be a part of? Do you have a common vision and goals? If not, feel free to interview another organization.
This will add momentum to your resolutions when you pursue a common vision and goals with others.
7. Make a commitment and be faithful. So often I get stars in my eyes. I dream of changing the world and I want to make it happen as quickly as possible. But, then I remember that every great harvest starts with one small seed that needs to be nurtured to make it grow. Just like nurturing that seed, it’s important to pace yourself by making a commitment that this is for a year. Focus on being faithful by showing up and contributing. And be faithful to yourself by keeping your time and money budgets.
This will give your resolutions longevity.
Sparking ideas to help you become a V.I.P.: visit an elderly person in a nursing home a couple times a month; mentor a child who doesn’t have a stable home or who is falling behind in school; lead a neighborhood Bible study; help out a family with young children by bringing them a meal, babysitting, helping with chores; walk the dogs at the local humane society; help build a habitat for humanity home; volunteer at a domestic abuse crisis line; become a part of your church’s prayer team; volunteer for emergency community services such as the fire department or search and rescue; deliver meals to homebound seniors; or volunteer to help at a literacy program. Most of all, remember that YOU can make an impact!
Creating long-lasting resolutions can be fun and easy. I’d like to challenge you to become a V.I.P. this year by putting these 7 secrets to work so that you create resolutions with an impact. I’d love it if you’d connect with me on Facebook and share your resolutions. I pray that your 2017 is the most enriching year of your life!
Rebecca Ondov is amazed at how simple it is to do random acts of kindness for others, and in turn, touch their hearts for Christ. Rebecca loves horseback riding and hiking in the Rocky Mountains which rim her valley. On the writing side, she’s excited for the opportunities that God has given her with the release of My Horse Diary for Girls and a re-release of her family devotional Heavenly Horse Stories (including photos). She’s also dabbling with writing a movie script. Rebecca invites you to connect with her via her website: http://www.RebeccaOndov.com and on Facebook.
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