2016, READY OR NOT IT IS HERE!
Despite successfully/unsuccessfully completing the resolutions set from the previous year.
If you are anything like me, every January 1st welcomes the construction of a new list of Do’s and Don’ts. I am certainly very guilty of jotting new goals and targets down.
Whether you subconsciously think about these resolutions or document them, I think you would agree that the start of the year is the perfect time to reflect and consider where improvements can be made within your life.
It is very important that whilst making our list of resolutions, we allow God to be amidst all of our plans, as without him none of it is and would be possible. We are reminded in Proverbs 16:9 that ‘A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the Lord directeth his steps.
Also one great tip for sticking to our new year resolutions, is implementing monthly goals which enables us to work towards our overall resolution. That way every month we can see how we are progressing towards meeting our targets.
Without further ado, some suggestions for your list are broken down in four categories below, Health, Relationship with God, Relationship with others and General stuff.
Health- This category refers to resolutions referring to our physical well-being.
The first thing I would recommend at the start of every year is a visit to your GP for a check-up.
This could include implementing exercise in your weekly routine. Especially after Christmas, where we tend to overindulge, exercising is a great idea.
*Just a quick reminder and tip, your workout can take place practically anywhere; the park, the gym or at home. Utilise the web also, Youtube has loads of amazing work out videos.
I am sure that we all have that one snack, food or drink that we know we need to cut down on or complete remove from our diet.
*When you remove this item, replace it with a healthier alternative, like fruits and juices. Also don’t forget to drink plenty water.
Relationship with God
Spending real time with God refers to quality time invested in the word, in prayer, praise and fellowship which allows us to improve our relationship with Him. In everything that we do, we should think of what God is teaching us? How and when we can implement what we have learnt? And consider why the lesson is of importance?
Seen as God directs all of our steps, it is important that we spend more time with him to develop a better understanding of His will for our life (Ephesians 5:15-17).
As Christians, we should take God with us wherever we go and refrain from separating our work life, personal life and spiritual life.
As mentioned before we should make God the center of our life and function around him, rather than trying to squeeze him into our already fully functioning lives.
We should be willing to share God’s love, with everyone rather than keeping it to ourselves. Their eternal life literally depends on it.
Relationship with Others – refers to forming, maintaining and repairing relationships.
Meeting new people allows us to develop our social skills and encourages us to become better versions of ourselves. Especially as Christians we should be excited by new relationship. When strangers become friends, solitary barriers are broken and we can employ more varied options when evangelising. I know from my personal experience, it makes it a little easier to speak about God and my beliefs with someone who I have formed a relationship with in comparison to a total stranger.
*Why not set yourself a challenge and form one new relationship this month.
Also it is imperative to maintain, already existing relationship. Spending time with people in our lives is important and it enables such relationships to strive. The excuse of being too busy is no longer enough. Technology has made it super easy for us to contact our loved ones, so whether it is a quick message, call or lunch date; make it happen.
Finally unto the hardest one of them all, there are some relationships that may have turned sour in the past year. Pray about it, right your wrongs and do your part to resolve the issue. Not all relationships will be restored, but keep the other party in your prayers, forgive them, forget about it and move on.
As Christians we should practice, being ‘cheerful givers’. When Christ has blessed you, you should be prepared to share your blessing with others.
Remember you don’t have to be in the best position in order to give a helping hand.
Praying for those in need is already a great start!
Helping may be as simple as taking 10 minutes out of your day to have a conversation with a sister or brother. Kind words go a long way and may even change that person’s day.
Key verses; Job 4:4 Your words have supported those who stumbled; you have strengthened faltering knees.
1 John 3:17-18 If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person?
Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.
Getting yourself a diary or journal is a excellent place to start.
Saving plans are always a good idea, they are especially rewarding when you stick with them throughout the course of the year.
When I was younger my mum use tell me “reading maketh a man”. ‘Thanks mum’, that was good advice, as this is still the main way I learn. Last time I checked there is no harm in learning more.
Happy New Year Friends, I pray God will help us to stick to our resolutions and learn how to walk in His will better than we did in the last year. Have a brilliant week.