Again and again and again

New Year’s Resolutions…I love them.  I love the new year and all the promise and potential a new beginning holds.

But what I’m realizing more and more is that you don’t have to wait until the new year to make change…in fact, you can “start over” whenever you decide…whether it’s monthly, daily, hourly or minute by minute.

I was thinking about the beauty of starting over this past week.  Each year I pick a Bible verse and focus on it throughout the year.

Last year I picked Titus 3:2 which says “to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people.” 

Frankly, I didn’t do so well with that one and decided that this year perhaps I needed to “try” again. So I came back to work a couple days later and almost immediately “failed” again!  That darn part about not speaking evil of others gets me all the time.

But as I reflected on my failure (again) it occurred to me that I am in the middle of a process called sanctification – big fancy word that means God is changing me.  I am not the same person I was last year…I am more tolerant, gentle (oy! still have a ways to go) and wiser than this time last year.  I’ll never be perfect but if I continue to allow God to change me I will continue to become the person he created me to be.


I started over…I shut my mouth, bit my tongue and started my day again (and again and again)

Happy New Years to you and yours! DM

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Donna Matthews is a blog writer at the DJRanch where she strives to remain authentic while not taking herself too seriously. She is also the creator of Slay The Chaos (, where she writes about productivity and organization. She is a member of The Writers Guild and Write Space in Houston and is currently writing her first book.