Opportunities, Not Resolutions

Christmas 2010 is behind us and we can see 2011 just ahead.

 This week between Christmas and New Years I begin to look
forward to all the “new” beginnings of the New Year. Why is it
that we see a new year as a chance to make a new start? I
sometimes will put off something I don’treally want to do
until I can begin fresh. Maybe I will start again tomorrow,
or on Monday, or next month or like now,
a whole new, big, shiny year. You, too?

 Though I have learned to become very skeptical of my New Year’s Resolutions
I keep making them. How about you?

 Here is a list of some perennial New Year’s Resolutions. (In no particular order)
1. Lose Weight and Get in Better Physical Shape
2. Stick to a Budget
3. Debt Reduction
4. Enjoy More Quality Time with Family & Friends
5. Find My Soul Mate
6. Quit Smoking
7. Find a Better Job
8. Learn Something New
9. Volunteer and Help Others
10. Get Organized

 Some of these I could definitely work toward in 2011 but I hope to
see some eternal growth and benefit this coming year.

 This year instead of making resolutions I am taking opportunities.
Here is my list. I am submitting it to the Lord and trusting Him to
do it in me by the power of His Holy Spirit.

I will take every opportunity to:
Grow in love and show it.
Serve others even if it requires sacrifice.
Guard my thoughts & words. Especially the negative, critical and judgmental!
Talk less and listen more.
Grow in my study of God’s Word.
Continue in my quiet time and develop a deeper prayer life.
Diligently and devotionally grow in intimacy with the Lord.
Become more globally minded.
And the list could go on. . .

 Maybe you want to make your own list. Send it to me if you want,
I would love to pray for you in this.

Let’s pray that when 2012 looms on the horizon next year we will have
seized each opportunity to grow in the Lord.

 For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a
good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.
(Philippians 1:6)

 The LORD’S lovingkindnesses indeed never cease,
For His compassions never fail. They are new every morning;
Great is Your faithfulness.
(Lam 3:22-23)

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