Some resolutions worth making

SOME RESOLUTIONS WORTH MAKING

I confessed to my congregation last Sunday that I am terribly poor at keeping New Year’s resolutions. Hmm. They didn’t seem surprised.

New Year’s resolutions may be OK, but they are more or less connected to people, and people are human, and human resolve is a very weak and fickle thing.

But God is not weak or fickle, and I’d like to point you to some resolutions that God himself would be pleased to empower in our lives if we really want them to become the reality of our lives.

Here goes:

I. With God as my helper, I resolve that in 2004 I will focus on God as my helper. This is the key!
Read Philippians 2:13.

II. With God as my helper, I resolve that in 2004 I will focus on relationship and not on religion. That’s what Jesus did, you know. (And it will make God, God’s people, and a good church more a part of your life and not less.)
Read Mark 2:27-28.

III. With God as my helper, I resolve that in 2004 I will work smarter, not more; I will work better, not longer.
Thank God for your job, but don’t think that more hours at work means a higher quality of work. Rest some!
Read Colossians 3:23-24.

IV. With God as my helper, I resolve that in 2004 I will live life in color and with joy.
Jesus endured the cross because of the “joy set before him.” His joy can be ours!
Read Hebrews 12:2-3.

V. With God as my helper, I resolve that in 2004 whenever in my relationships I face a choice between cold-hearted law and warm-hearted grace, I will always choose grace.
Don’t worry that folks will get out of hand without your criticism. Alas, the world will always have more than enough law folks to go around. Be a grace person!
Read Matthew 9:13.

VI. With God as my helper, I resolve that in 2004 I will be consumed with love for people and not sidetracked by love of things.
Read 1 Timothy 6:6-10.

VII. With God as my helper, I resolve that in 2004 I will learn to be a more faithful steward of God’s gifts and God’s blessings.
Read James 1:17-18.

VIII. With God as my helper, I resolve that in 2004 I will focus on what I do have and don’t deserve and not on what I don’t have and think I do deserve.
Read Hebrews 13:5.

IX. With God as my helper, I resolve that in 2004 I will laugh more, smile more, and enjoy more.
Read Philippians 4:4.

X. With God as my helper, I resolve that in 2004 I will with every breath thank God for the gift of life.
Read John 10:10.
With God as your helper, have a great 2004!

Curtis Shelburne is minister at 16th and Ave. D Church of Christ in Muleshoe. He can be contacted at:
ckshel@aol.com