New Year Resolutions

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A wife watched her husband weighing himself on the bathroom scales, sucking in his stomach. She thought to herself, "He thinks that he will weigh less by sucking in his stomach?" So, she said sarcastically, "That's not going to help." Her husband said, "It's the only way that I can see the numbers!" Guess what the number one New Year's resolution is? If you said losing weight, you're correct.

We're always told "no one keeps New Year's resolutions." That's not true! I kept mine last year. I'm not bragging (well, maybe a little). I committed to losing weight, working out, and getting in better shape. And no joking, ask anyone, I did it. It took me all year, but I did it. I'm only telling you this because I want to be an encouragement. Not everyone gives up by February. It can change.

Did I ever cheat on my diet? Of course...some! I don't diet on vacation or holidays. But the rest of the time I was able to keep my resolutions.

So what would you like to be different this coming year? Be realistic, but why not make a few New Year's resolutions that will better your life? Here are a few I consider to b of our energy:

Spend more time with family
Exercise more/Lose weight/Eat healthier
Quit smoking or some bad habit
Stick to a budget/Save money/Reduce debt
Find a better job
Take up a new hobby
Put down technology/Get outdoors more
Travel to places you've never been before
Be more spiritual/More Bible/More prayer
Join my church community more

We make resolutions because we are dissatisfied, because we want something different, something more! It's okay to want changes.

If God is the center of your New Year's resolution, it has a good chance for success. Remember, Phillipians 4:13 reads, "I can do everything through Him who gives e sength." When we invite Jessus to join in our resolutions, He gives us the power to see them through.

Ron Otto, preaching minister at Lincoln Christian Church

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