Have you made your list of resolutions for the New Year? Maybe the following list can give you some ideas.
1. Listen. Quiet your mind and take in what other people are saying as they tell their story. Listen to their words and to their heart. Listen to their body language. Seek to understand before you answer or contribute.
2. Keep the storms in perspective. Struggles are going to come. Jesus promised, “In this world you will have trouble” (John 16:33). He also said, “Take heart for I have over come the world.” Practice a non-anxious presence. When you walk with God you cannot ultimately fail.
3. Be gentle and passionate. Paul said, “Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.” (Phil 4:5). Wherever you go, in whatever situation you find yourself, God is near. Being awareness of this will keep you gentle, truthful, and hopeful.
4. When you wake in the morning, say to yourself, “I am baptized.” Paul speaks to the church saying, “We died to sin. How can we live in it any longer?” (Romans 6:2). Your intention for the day is to do what is right in the sight of God.
5. Give yourself away. The pattern of the life of Christ is one of self-sacrifice. The blessings that you receive are not to dead-end with you. The goodness that you receive is not something to exploit for your own benefit. Rejoice and create opportunities for joy in others.
6. Extend the grace of God. As you have received freely and fully from God, so extend to those who need grace. Forgive others just as God in Christ has forgiven you (Colossians 3:13).
7. Remember that it is not your job to set everybody straight. Choose your challenges with prayer and wisdom.
8. Look for opportunities to encourage a child, to love a stranger, and to do something good for someone you don’t like. Do something good for someone who doesn’t like you.
9. Love your family by making happy memories this year. Run in the rain, play in the snow, be spontaneous, and give them gifts at unexpected times.
10. Love your friends with gifts of time and attention.
11. Be a good student. Read the newspaper. Read as many books as possible. Watch less television.
12. Do unto others what God would have you do.
13. Take a Sabbath. One day out of the week the world can turn without your work.
14. Be affectionate.
15. Be daring. Take risks for goodness sake. Use your talents with gusto!
16. Watch for answers to prayer and give God the glory. Give thanks for his love for you exhibited by his rich providence.
17. Don’t eat until you are hungry. Stop eating at the first sign of fullness.
18. Lean into life and be excellent.
19. Tell the story of God’s great grace. “Christ died for sins, once for all the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God” (1 Peter 3:18).
Wishing you all: Peace & A Blessed New Year