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:
Help Others (Volunteer)
Learn Something New
Get Out of Debt
Enjoy Life More
Tame the Bulge
Spend More Time with Friends and Family
Get Back in Church
Read the Bible
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,