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Just Thinking...About New Year's Resolutions

by Robert J. Young
©, 2002, Robert J. Young
[permission is given to reprint with credit noted]

The beginning of another new year immediately after the sweet family gatherings of the holidays is generally sufficient to focus our attention (at least temporarily) upon our priorities. The laughing, dreaming, and giving of the holidays remind us of the importance of family. From these and multiplied other experiences grow our resolutions for the coming year.

While I plan to make some resolutions for the new year, I have been thinking that I might do well to make some New Year's conclusions which reflect the principles of my life. May I share some of these, both personal and corporate?

Everything in life hinges on my personal relationship with God. I must never let the priority of Bible study, prayer, and meditation in time spent with God escape me.

God wants each of us to progress on our faith journey this year. This is vital. We can never predict life's timetables. God has a message for us in every situation. The growing ability to apply God's message builds lives, and enables us to reach out to the multitudes around us.

God is vitally interested in the spiritual salvation of all people. Few priorities prepare us more adequately for stretching forth into the lives of friends and neighbors than integrity and authenticity in our own walk with God.

God will bless us as we strive to serve not only ourselves, but all whom God presents to us as opportunities.

It is difficult to say what will matter most at the end of this year. I believe when all of the distractions of the world have faded, when the futility of human power and accomplishment have been reinforced, and when the temporary nature of our walk here on planet Earth is highlighted again by the obvious cycles of living and dying, the priorities suggested above will focus us on the real heavenly, abiding values.

Each of us daily chooses what will be important to us. By the way, what will matter most to you in this coming year?

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