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Happy New Year

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“Perseverance is failing 19 times and succeeding the 20th.”

– J. Andrews

A new year always seems to bring along the “New Year Resolutions”. How many of you actually look back over your year and see fruit from those resolutions? I know I rarely, if ever, do. Why is that? Is it possible that we aren’t truly serious about changing in the first place?

What if we decided this year was going to be different? Yes, I know, every year is going to be different. But what if we truly commit ourselves to making sure the person who brings in January 1, 2017 is a better person than January 1, 2016 both spiritually and physically.

I have done some research and found that they say only 8% of people achieve their new year resolutions. Let’s work on being a part of that 8% or raising that number.

Here are a few tips I think might help us:

  • Reflect on last year to see what things you accomplished and/or wished you had accomplished
  • Write down and clearly define what you goals are
    • be specific, if you want to loose weight – how much?
    • put them somewhere visible or somewhere you can look back at over the year
  • Make sure you tell other people around you (friends or family) what your goals are 
    • you won’t get very far on your own, thats why God created us for fellowship with one another
    • make sure you are telling people who will support and encourage you, not laugh or try to bring you down
  • Track your progress during the year
    • my husband and I keep a journal and periodically look over it during the year
  • Have patience and don’t get discouraged so easily
    • you aren’t perfect and are bound to slip up every once and a while
  • Make sure you aren’t going at it with an “all or nothing” attitude
    • that never works out and you will get discourage very quickly
  • Put it on your calendar or schedule
    • set a reminder in your phone every day or every week so you can’t forget even if you wanted to

Striving to be your best isn’t just for your sake, it’s for those in your life that are counting on you. Your spiritual maturity, mental health, and physical health all play a part in who you are. If you don’t put the effort in to making sure your walk with God is right or your health is in order, you’re not the only one who suffers. Lets make sure we end this year in a better way than last.503887f1bc1635607556e4fd57c13d24

Write us some of your new years resolutions below. We would love to hear from you and pray with you as we all take these steps for the new year. 

Why do we celebrate busyness?

164262_599645136724539_970989253_nBy Carrie Blackaby Camp

This world is undeniably fast-paced. In our incessantly-connected technology-crazed culture, it is easy to work nonstop, become glued to our devices, and to multitask (even—unwisely—texting or applying makeup while driving).

Competitive Busyness could qualify as an Olympic sport. You ate dinner at the table with your family? Wouldn’t it be nice to have that luxury! You got eight hours of sleep? How quaint! You flossed your teeth? I remember the days when I had time to do that. No, I actually don’t because I’m. So. Busy.

It seems Americans love nothing more than to lament the fact that we don’t have time to do the things we love. Post a picture of yourself on vacation and you’ll get pounced on quicker than a lame gazelle in the Sahara Desert.busy_lifestyle

We seem to calculate our worth according to the number of meals we eat in the car, how many engagements we can pack into a day, or how few hours of sleep we get. We can fall into the trap of considering bustle to be brag-worthy and relaxation a luxury reserved for children and the elderly.

Of course working hard is praiseworthy (Colossians 3:23-24). But there is difference between a solid work ethic and constant busyness.

Even Jesus, who had the most important work of any person who ever lived, took time to rest and refresh Himself spiritually (Mark 6:30-32; Matt. 14:22-23).


 

Consider five good reasons we should avoid the trap of chronic overactivity:


 

  1. Living in a state of perpetual motion distracts us from God’s will. Just because our schedules are jam-packed doesn’t mean we’re engaging in the activities God desires for us. And sometimes being over-committed causes us to miss out on awesome opportunities because we are too busy or tired to notice them.

 

  1. Spreading ourselves too thin leads us to sacrifice quality. The more responsibilities we accumulate the less time and energy we can give to each activity. We cannot maintain the same level of performance if we continually add to our lives without letting go of anything.

 

  1. An overflowing calendar can be a sign of misplaced priorities. Matthew 6:21 reads, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” I believe our time is the greatest treasure we possess. And time is a limited resource. Where and on what we choose to spend it speaks to what we most value. 

 

  1. Overexertion can cause burnout. Humans are not wired to maintain a nonstop lifestyle. We need sleep and time to rejuvenate in order to perform at our highest level. God initiated the Sabbath for that purpose (Gen 2:3). If we make time for rest now, we avoid an inevitable burnout down the road. 

 

  1. A strenuous agenda can foster pride. Being crazy busy is often viewed as a status symbol. It means we are sought after and indispensable. And that is usually how we want others to see us. Sometimes we don’t properly delegate or say no to activities because we want to be in charge. But Proverbs 11:2 says, “When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with the humble is wisdom.”

Perhaps the strains of an increasingly hectic lifestyle will force our generation to admit that a slower pace is something to be celebrated and admired, rather than a sign of weakness.

 

 

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