Part I

While scouring the Internet trying to catch an idea for today’s blog post. I ran across something that caught my eye. Every year most of us, by tradition, make New Year resolutions, except for a dear friend whose resolution was to make no resolutions—wise man. Although we are already two weeks into this new year somehow I still find it fitting and worth the thought. Notably, I would’ve placed this in my “Just A Thought” section. But for some reason, I was led to place it here as a blog post. If you are trying to get your life back on the right path perhaps this will help in some small way. Here are six of the twelve points I read.

IF YOU WANT THIS TO BE YOUR YEAR: DON’T SIT ON THE COUCH AND WAIT FOR IT. Your goals are not just going to jump into your lap…Proverbs 13:4—“The soul of the lazy man desires, and has nothing; but the soul of the diligent shall be made rich.”  Sit on that couch for too long and you’ll be a Mr. Potato Head with no ears, nose, or eyes. Just blindly and lackadaisically floating through life with no objective or purpose.

MAKE A CHANGE. You know they say the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting a different result. But Acts 13:19-21 says, “Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord.” A true change of heart can place your feet on a path to your destiny that you might have never known you had.

SMILE MORE. A cheerful look brings joy to the heart; good news makes for good health. (Proverbs 15:30 NLT) You ever notice how good a smile makes you feel on the inside? A smile and a chuckle do the body good. After all, A merry heart does good, like medicine, But a broken spirit dries the bones. (Proverbs 17:22)

BE EXCITED. We must be excited with expectations because God has promised that our expectations shall not be cut off because the desire of the righteous shall be granted. (Proverbs 10:24) Sometimes we become so bogged down with life that we lose our exciting attitudes and become more negative than not. But we should always be excited about the promises of God. Because God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good? (Numbers 23:19)

DO NEW THINGS. “Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” (Isaiah 43:18-19) Perhaps your ways haven’t been working in the past and you need to stop looking in the past like Lot’s wife (Genesis 19:26) and look in a different direction to the future like Abraham (Genesis 13:14-15).

THROW AWAY CLUTTER.  And He said to them, “Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses.” (Luke 12: 13) I believe it was Jim Elliot who said, “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.” I’ve always believed that a cluttered environment leads to a cluttered mind and neither is profitable.

Stay tuned for the conclusion next week… May the Blessings of the LORD be with you today and always. Thank you for your continued readership and support. Blessings and Peace!

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