Resolving to Avoid?

Cartoon of a sheep and a wolf

Cartoon of a lamb and wolf. The sheep says, “€œThis year, I resolve to stay away from unnecessary risks.”

One thing I have discovered over the years is that if I make a resolution to avoid something, that temptation doesn’t necessarily go away. Resolutions just don’t work if I phrase them as a negative. I can give up soda pop as a resolution. But if I don’t replace it with something, such as water, I usually fail.

So instead of thinking about what you’re going to give up this year, think about what good habit you can replace it with.

This month, my goal is to write five hundred words a day. Hidden within that goal is to regulate how much time I spend online. If I’m going to write those words, something will have to give. So while I may not be surfing as much, this will give me a better opportunity to write my blog. I also plan to explore writing my next book.

So what is your resolution for the new year? Feel free to leave a comment and let us know.

 

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How to tell if your sheep is in danger

Cartoon of a wolf and a sheep

Cartoon of a wolf and a sheep. the wolf says, “Don’t worry about your alarmist friends. Just hand out with me!”

Cartoon: Different Kind of Shepherd

Cartoon of a flock of sheep

Cartoon of Sheep are in a pasture. One says to another, “Don’t get me wrong! I love our shepherd. It’s just that I prefer a different style of herding.”

Leadership can be tough when nobody wants to be a follower. It’s even harder when everyone in the group is about aggressive as a sheep, yet refuse to be led. I’ve seen a few pastors face this situation. You have to beware of sheep with fangs!

I originally sold this to Leadership Journal.

Resolutions and Risks

Cartoon of a lamb and wolf. The sheep says, “€œThis year, I resolve to stay away from unnecessary risks.”

When I heard Illustration Friday’s word was “resolutions” this week, I thought of this cartoon I did in 2002. It’s funny for me because I had been laid off at the time, I had just gotten a new job, and everything seemed like a risk. I’m glad I can look back on things and see how there was a plan and everything worked out!

GPS Sheep

Cartoon of two sheep

Cartoon of  two sheep. One says to the other, “I wouldn’t get lost all the time if the shepherd would let me use his GPS navigator.” Continue reading “GPS Sheep”