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Dysfunctional Holiday

Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, (He 12:1 NKJV)

I had a new revelation just last night regarding the New Year's Day holiday.  With an old year ending and new year beginning there is a strange feel to the last day of the year, December 31.  We take a look at the year behind, sometimes with celebration for things accomplished, sometimes with relief that we made it through at all.  We look at the year ahead with hopes for new beginnings and the hopes of achieving new goals and dreams.  Some of us - I am one of these - can't wait to get started on the new just for the excitement of the new challenge.

But wait!  We can't get started on our new year right away, can we?  We have a holiday where businesses are closed and college bowl games are being played.  We get our new year off to a slow start because we are sleep deprived from staying up to close out the old.  For some of us, myself excluded from this one, our new year starts in a fog of a hangover.  Does anyone else think that the whole concept of the holiday is flawed?  Personally, I think the official holiday and day off should be on December 31, not on the first day of a new year.  Then we could all start the next race of our lives in a little better shape. 

In closing, rather than start this blog year off with just my strange holiday change idea, I'll share with you some quick tips for planning your year.  Try out the tips.  Rather than make a resolution, make a plan.

Tips for the Race

1) What is the one thing that if accomplished this year would make the biggest positive impact on your life?

2) What are the obstacles standing in your way of achieving this one thing?

3) What three small steps can you take starting immediately to eliminate the obstacles in your way?




Janna Rust is a Life Coach and Speaker dedicated to encouraging others towards lives God intends for them.  For more information, visit her at