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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. 

5 Things to Remember When Using Social Media

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Social media has dramatically changed the social landscape. Friends near and far can easily stay updated on your daily life. You can post a picture of the pumpkin spice latte you just ordered and almost instantly receive comments from your mother-in-law, former soccer coach, pastor, and Great Aunt Sue.

While there are many benefits of living in a hyper-connected world, it also presents unique challenges. Everyone now has a platform, and in the immortal words of Uncle Ben (or the smart guy he plagiarized), “With great power comes great responsibility.”


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Below are 5 things we should keep in mind as we embrace the wonderful world of social media:

  1. Don’t let a Facebook like replace action. While social media can be a great way to bring awareness to a cause or need, sharing an article or posting a status should not be an end in itself. Rather it should be a springboard to action—such as volunteering, donating, sponsoring, and especially praying.
  1. What goes on the Internet stays on the Internet. Just like it’s prudent to think before we speak, we should think before we post! A good rule of thumb is to avoid social media when our judgment is impaired (whether by anger, exhaustion, distraction, etc.) to avoid posting anything we will later regret.
  1. Spread Joy. Take inventory of the balance of positive/negative posts, comments, or articles you share. While life certainly isn’t sunshine and daisies all the time, our online presence says a lot about us. The way we present ourselves should be a reflection of Christlike love, not of a critical and pessimistic spirit.
  1. The “Golden Rule” applies (even in the comments sections). Online interaction can often feel removed from real life, and that can make people less inhibited to write what they would never say to someone’s face. Scroll through the comments of any YouTube video (at your own risk) and you will often find ugly exchanges. Even under funny cat videos! But we should keep Matthew 7:12 in mind, “Sowhatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.” We should show respect to others online, even when we disagree.
  1. Find Balance. As with any other good thing, social media is best when used in moderation. With the social media world so easily accessible, it can become tempting to check our phones, laptops, or ipads all the time. But then we tend to miss what is happening around us. As the saying goes, be with the people you’re with.

 

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