It's the time of the year that we all looking at making changes in our life, the time that we resolve to eat better, lose wright, exercise more, quit this or that, all good things, but perhaps we should look to make a commitment to things that are more than just skin deep. I read a great article this week about suggested resolutions that we should all make in the New Year and I love the recommendations.
I thought I would share a few of the highlights that really resonated with me. What's great, is that making these changes, will not only make your life better, but it will benefit everyone you come in contact with.
Although it may seem cliche, Praying More Often, should be something that we all work at in 2017. Unfortunately, time spent with God often becomes a casualty to our busyness, and it shouldn't. In fact, Ann Voskamp, puts it so well, "prayer should net be seen as the least we can do, but the most we can do." Time spent with God is the one thing that keeps life in the proper perspective and keeps you growing spiritually.
Along with praying more often is Worrying Less. The Bible reminds over and over and over that we don't need to worry, in fact, 366 times in the Bible the Lord reminds us, "Do Not Be Afraid", "Fear Not", but instead encourages us to "Trust God". Corrie Ten Boom said of worry, "Worry does not empty tomorrow of it's sorrow, it empties today of it's strength."
We are admittedly pretty good at making small talk, whether it's about the latest thing we saw on Facebook or our favorite TV show, but this year make a commitment to Have More Meaningful Conversations. Sure, it can be scary to open yourself up to other people, but moving past small talk to deeper conversations can lead to you growing spiritually, socially and intellectually.
This last one is perhaps the hardest, Complain Less and Do More. We live in world where we all have a platform, we all have a voice, and quite often we use that platform to complain about anything and everything. Let this be the year that your first inclination is not to vent and complain, but to look for ways to solve the problem. Complaining will never fix the problem, finding solutions will.
Let's resolve to make differences in the New Year, rather than make excuses, not only will be better for it, so will rest of the World!