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What Are Your New Year`s Resolutions?

Friday, December 27, 2013

The Bible does not speak for or against the concept of New Year’s resolutions. Every day is the day the Lord has made, as Psalm 118:24 states, and “we will rejoice and be glad in it.” One can make a resolution or promise to oneself any day of the year, and keeping it or breaking it is in their hands. One thing the Bible does say in Ecclesiastes 5:2,4 and 5 is that if one makes promises or vows to God, it shouldn’t be taken lightly.

The start of a new year is a good time to stop and look at our lives -- and that's the first step in making any realistic resolutions. What needs to be improved in our lives? What needs to be eliminated -- or added? Most of all, what does God see when He looks at me, and what does He want me to do -- with His help? What is His will for the coming year -- and for my life? The Bible says, "Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing" (Isaiah 43:18-19).

Make sure your resolutions are realistic. Many New Year's resolutions aren't "resolutions" at all; they're only vague dreams or wishes. Don't focus on self-centered goals; focus instead on what God wants to do in your life. Above all, make sure of your commitment to Christ -- and if He means little to you, why not begin the new year by giving your life to Him?

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I will try to live a simple sincere and serene life,

repelling promptly every thought of discontent,

anxiety, discouragement, impurity and self-seeking

cultivating cheerfulness, magnanimity, charity, and the habit of holy silence

exercising economy in expenditure, carefulness in conversation,

diligence in appointed service, fidelity to every trust

and a child-like trust in God.

(by Bishop John H. Vincent - 1909)

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    Great insight into what 'really matters' .......... and certainly asking Jesus into one's heart is something that will last for all of eternity! .............. Resolutions are like the weather .............. ever changing and unpredictable. Love it!! emoticon
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  • A_SIZE6
    I like the ones about living for God and still will if no one else does.
    1541 days ago
    GREAT resolutions!
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  • DIANER2014
    Great blog! My resolution is to be the best me I can be.
    1541 days ago
    I have a morning meditation that is similar to what you posted:

    Today I am fortunate to have woken up, I am alive, I have a precious human life, I am not going to waste it. I am going to use all my energies to develop myself, to expand my heart out to others, to achieve enlightenment for the benefit of all beings, I am going to have kind thoughts towards others, I am not going to get angry or think badly about others, I am going to benefit others as much as I can.

    I, too, think it is important to always be trying to make myself a better person for all of humankind. It's a daily thing that does not require a new year to begin, like you said. Best wishes to you in the new year!
    1542 days ago
    Very good resolutions!
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    I dont make New Years Resolutions.I will not conform to the world .
    that is written on my heart.
    and no matter what I know people change But God does not emoticon
    1542 days ago
  • 123ELAINE456
    Awesome!!! I do not make New Years Resolutions. I never keep them. May Everyone Have a Wonderful New Years with lots of successful things happening for them. God Blessings to Everyone Always!!!
    1542 days ago
    Great blog. Thanks. I don't make New Year's Resolutions. I just try to be a better person in the new yr.
    1542 days ago
    I don't make resolutions only to break them. My daily resolutions are to live each for God and follow in the path He chose for me.
    1542 days ago
    haven't made new years resolution in many years! My plan is to keep on keeping on!
    1542 days ago
  • GABY1948
    I don't make New Year's Resolutions but I will continue to put the Lord first, not matter WHAT the world says

    Happy New Year early to you! Great blog emoticon
    1542 days ago
    Great blog! My resolution is to love myself more...and that means taking care of my health.
    1542 days ago
  • JOANIE69
    emoticon Thanks for sharing these inspiring thoughts, at just the right time of the year. I remember a little story once and it was called ``The New Page``. It said at the start of each new year, God gives His children a new page of paper, and says ``Do better now, my child.`` He doesn`t condemn us, just encourages us. He gives us the ability and the guidance to do better. All we need to do is abide in Him...for that is when we succeed, isn`t it. God is so good...I will try harder each day too. emoticon emoticon
    1542 days ago
    Well done!
    1542 days ago
  • 4KWALK
    Thank you. This blog helped me stop and take an honest look at myself so I can formulate the next step. I especially like your resolutions.

    This year I have learned a valuable lesson. When family and friends left me for various reasons, God did not leave me.

    One of my ideas for a resolution is to thank the Lord every day that He will NEVER LEAVE nor forsake me.

    1542 days ago
    I really liked this. Thanks! I'll be using these last five days to do inventory in my own life. I really stumbled badly after Mom passed away in February and have struggled with taking care of myself and getting my healthcare on page two. Page one must be reserved for my relationship with Christ and I want to fix my eyes, heart and spirit on walking ever closer with Him.
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    We should all strive for a "simple" life. Our lives are just too cluttered with "things."
    Thanks for sharing!
    1542 days ago
    Do the best I can Not perfect put will pick myself up and move on
    1542 days ago
    I haven't made any resolutions in a long time, but your blog is very thoughtful and I enjoyed reading it!
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