New Year…Fresh Start

 

Well, Christmas is behind us, at least the official day. Many of us still have celebrations with family and friends throughout the week to come. But, for the purposes of this blog, I have been thinking ahead. So, to that end, I am thinking, “New Year…Fresh Start” for us to talk about beginning January 1, 2017.

I want to spend some time talking about common New Year’s resolutions. I have made a lot of New Year’s resolutions in my life. Some I have managed to keep. Others, probably most others, well not so much.

I have looked at some resources online and I have come up with ten of the most common. They are listed below. At the same time, however, I would love to hear from you! What are some of the New Year’s resolutions you would like to do for the coming year? I will do my best to address them in the days ahead. You can leave those in the comments below (or on Facebook).

I will tell you my best two suggestions for keeping resolutions right now. First, pray. Prayer should always be the first thing we do. Second, when I have been successful I didn’t necessarily plan to start the resolution on January 1. For example, when I quit smoking, my New Year’s resolution was, “This year I will quit smoking.” It didn’t happen on New Year’s Day, but a couple of weeks into January, I laid my cigarettes down and haven’t smoked again. I don’t know that this will work for you, I just know it worked for me.

I don’t make New Year’s resolutions much these days. At the end of the series, I will share with you what has replaced (at least for the most part) the New Year’s resolution in my life.

Here are the New Year’s Resolutions I plan to cover in this series. The first ten came from the blog, “About Travel” and you can see them and read more about what they had to say at http://pittsburgh.about.com/od/holidays/tp/resolutions.htm. The last six are my ideas to add on. Like I said, I would love to hear from you and add to this list. Also, don’t take it that just because these ideas are in this order that we will necessarily look at them in this order. Well, here goes:

Get Organized
Help Others (Volunteer)
Learn Something New
Get Out of Debt
Quit Drinking
Enjoy Life More
Quit Smoking
Tame the Bulge
Get Fit
Spend More Time with Friends and Family
Get Back in Church
Read the Bible
Pray
Be Generous
Find My Mission
An Alternative to New Year’s Resolutions

Well, friends, those are my thoughts. Let me hear from you. What are some of the New Year’s resolutions you have made or that you plan to make for 2017? Help me add to this list. In the meantime, during the remainder of this week/month, we will finish our “Songs of Christmas” series.

I pray God’s blessings on you the rest of this day, this week and in the year to come.

Joy and Peace,
Keith

Published by drjkbroyles

I love Mike Ashcraft's book, "My One Word." For the past nine years I have participated and encouraged others to participate to in the "My One Word" Challenge. My first word was discipline was my word the first year. Since then my word has been focus, sight, jungle, peace, concentration, serve, genuine and this year is fit. I seek to be fit for my health, my family, my church, my ministries. I seek to be fit in any are of my life where God might point to me. I also have a nickname, "Dr. B." When I was a public high school teacher, Dr. B. is what most of my students called me, at least in my presence. I am still called that by many people though I no longer teach in public schools. I am the author of "Average Joe: With an Extraordinary Story" (available on Amazon). The book fits into the genre of "Biblical Fiction" or "Christian Fiction" and features some of the Bible's lesser known characters. The name of my blog is, "Fork in the Road." Life is filled with forks in the road. It isn't a matter of if we encounter a fork in the road, but when will we and how many will we experience in a lifetime. I love to strum my guitar. I am not a great guitar player but I enjoy it. I also enjoy writing music. I get excited with I feel a new song emerging. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog, "Bishop" in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 30 years as a United Methodist pastor, serving churches all over east and southeast Texas, from just north of Tyler to south of Houston, from the Gulf Coast to east of Madisonville. I currently serve Perritte Memorial UMC in Nacogdoches. I spent one year in the classroom, teaching High School government, economics, psychology, and sociology. Cindy and I have been married for 43 years. We have two grown sons and six grandchildren, three boys and three girls. I enjoy preaching and all it's aspects from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading. I have dabble in drawing and "painting" with pastels as well as woodworking and woodcarving. My current projects are two ukuleles. I collect, repair and restore guitars too. I play the guitar (badly, but I still do) I also enjoy working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, TX, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. This blog started out as devotional writings. In August of 2020, I made a major change to the blog, switching to a daily theme format. Sunday Sermon-usually my manuscript sermon Miscellaneous Monday-misc. writing, poetry, ministry Tuesday Thoughts-Devotion Wed. with Wesleys-hist. & theol. of early Methodists TED Talk Thursday-Video & appl. in current theology Five for Friday-5 things I've seen & my thoughts Sing-Along Sat. - Usually a new song I have written I write, "Strumming a G-Chord with Dr.B." to get my thoughts onto something permanent. After all, they say, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. Seeking the Genuine, Keith Lufkin, Texas August 2020

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