It can be done
Remember you can reset your resolutions on January 14th (Orthodox New Year) and February 8th (Chinese New Year). After that, even I can’t help you.
My 2017 resolution is for everyone else to gain the 50 pounds I refuse to lose.
I have only one resolution. To rediscover the difference between wants and needs. May I have all I need and want all I have.
This New Year’s I’m going to make a resolution I can keep: no dieting all year long.
May all your troubles last as long as your New Year resolutions.
Jemima was taking an afternoon nap on New Year’s Eve before the festivities. After she woke up, she confided to Max, her husband, ‘I just dreamed that you gave me a diamond ring for a New Year’s present. What do you think it all means?’
‘Aha, you’ll know tonight,’ answered Max smiling broadly.
At midnight, as the New Year was chiming, Max approached Jemima and handed her small package. Delighted and excited she opened it quickly. There in her hand rested a book entitled: ‘The meaning of dreams’.
For the entire poem visit: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems-and-poets/poems/detail/44314
Hope you enjoy the video. 🙂 Don’t let my face scare you. 🙂
Adapted from the works of Edgar Albert Guest and Dr. Mattie Moss Clark.
I stepped away from my blog for a while, but now I’m back. I didn’t mean to stay away so long. I felt neither motivated nor inspired nor encouraged. The next thing I knew Dec. 2016 had arrived and I had posted nothing since February. I had received emails during the past few months, letting me know that people were still following my blog. That news encouraged me, but it was God who gave me that final push. I can’t say exactly what He did, but He did it – on the inside of me.
My job situation hasn’t changed (for more of my story, you’ll need to read previous blogs). I’m still working in retail, just a few hours a week. I’m still waiting on that full time job or several streams of income that equals a full time job. I should be on cocaine, an alcoholic, or suicidal – but God! He has kept my mind. I’m still praising Him. All of my needs are constantly being met. I’m not homeless. I’m not broke. I’m not depressed. I haven’t had to beg, borrow, or steal. I’m not bragging on me; I’m bragging on God. I’m learning how to patiently wait on Him and to continue with my projects while I’m waiting and praising Him.
My New Year’s resolution is to keep going, keep trying, even when I don’t feel like it. Write when I don’t feel like it. Make videos, sing my songs, and continue with my radio broadcasts – even when I don’t feel like it. Yep, that’s the plan.
You can – – Do Better!
One of my quests is to encourage people (myself included) to do better (mentally, spiritually, and physically). Do better today than you did yesterday. Do better this week than you did last week. Do better this month than you did last month. Do better in 2017 than you did in 2016.
In order to do better, we must set some goals. I want to explore goal setting. Stay with me because it’s going to lead to a challenge, but it may take a few blogs to get there.
Research shows that if you’re going to be successful at almost anything in life, the very first choice to make is to set some goals. When we set goals we must realize that it may not be a walk in the park. There are things we are going to have to start doing and things we are going to have to stop doing or do less of, if we’re striving to be fit for God’s use (in every area of our lives) until we die.
Hebrews 12:1 & 2 reads, “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.”
This verse tells us that we are to run a race that has been marked out for us. We trust God to set the race up but we must also recognize that we have a part to play in order to cooperate with His plan. In order to run the race, we have to endure some training. We have to set some goals.
Let’s look at some benefits of goal setting.
Goal setting is a spiritual discipline. God is a goal setting God. He has goals for history that have not happened yet. God has goals for His family, the church, that haven’t happened yet. God has goals for your life that have not happened yet. God is a planner. He doesn’t just sit around and let things happen. If God plans and God wants us to be like him, then it would make sense that He wants us to set goals also.
Godly goals are statements of faith. They affirm our trust in God. When you say, I believe God wants me to accomplish this by this date, that’s a statement in faith.
Goal setting builds character. One of the ways you develop character is by setting a goal and going after it and not giving in when you have all kinds of difficulties. It is in that process, that struggle, you develop the kind of character that God wants you to have. Goals are achieved with God’s power.
“We plan the way we want to live, but only God makes us able to live it.”Prov. 16:9 That’s why we fail at our goals. We don’t depend on him.
Zechariah 4:6 says, “You will not succeed by your own strength or power, but by my Spirit says the Lord.”
Prov. 3:5& 6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, Seek his will in all you do, and he will direct your paths.”
First you’ve got to trust the Lord with all your heart and rely on His power. Then you need to get either a partner or in a small group. Accountability plays an important role goal setting. You check up on each other and help each other out.
The goals that you set should be “SMART” goals. Ask yourself: if this goal is:
Specific– is it clear what the goal is? Is it clear exactly what I mean?
Measurable– how will I know if I have achieved the goal? How will I measure my success?
Attainable– is it possible to achieve this objective? What do I need in place to make it attainable?
Relevant– is this objective one that I consider appropriate. Does it deliver wider priorities? Is it worth doing?
Time-bounded– by when am I going to achieve this? Setting a timescale provides focus and urgency, clarifying when you intend to achieve the objective. The objective has a deadline and is therefore more than just a wish!
You may have some setbacks. You may fall down. But the good news is: life is a marathon. Here’s the key to the marathon of life: You’re not in a race to run fast. You’re in a race to end well. You’re in a race to get to the finish line. You make progress one step at a time. That’s the way you go towards your goals – one step, one day at a time.
It can be done! You can do better. I’ll share more about this subject in the next blog.
What are your goals for 2017? How’s it going so far? Feel free to share with us.
Thanks for stopping by!
New International Version (NIV) https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Hebrews%2012