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When you look back to New Year’s Eve 2010, can you remember what resolutions you made for 2011? That’s okay. Neither can I. But I’m sure they were some of the more common ones such as get more organized, exercise more, and spend more time with family. And I did try to do all of those.

What New Year’s resolutions did you make for 2012? According to Wikipedia, here are the top five resolutions for 2012: [1]

1. Be financially-savvy
2. Read at least one book per month
3. Eat properly
4. Get enough sleep
5. Keep a journal of awesome moments

I like those. But as I read them, I had an idea. What if we made spiritual New Year’s resolutions inspired by Bible texts?

Here are some examples:

Resolution: Be more kind and forgiving. “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you” (Ephesians 4:32).

Resolution: Worry less by praying more. “Don't worry about anything, but pray about everything. With thankful hearts offer up your prayers and requests to God. Then, because you belong to Christ Jesus, God will bless you with peace that no one can completely understand. And this peace will control the way you think and feel” (Philippians 4:6, 7).

Resolution: Fear less by trusting more. “Do not be afraid of sudden terror, nor of trouble from the wicked when it comes; for the Lord will be your confidence, and will keep your foot from being caught” (Proverbs 3:25, 26).

Resolution: Think before I speak. “Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires” (James 1:19, 20).

Resolution: Remember that I am never alone. “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit” (Psalm 34:18).

Resolution: Remember that Jesus really is coming. “I won't leave you like orphans. I will come back to you” (John 14:18).

These are just a few ideas to get you started. You can find your own texts that personalize your own spiritual resolutions. You may also find it helpful to write them down in a journal and read them often.

Wikipedia states that in a recent research on resolutions, 52 percent of those in the study felt confident that they would be successful. Yet in the end, only 12 percent actually achieved their goals. But I think that spiritual resolutions, with the help of Jesus, can be much more successful. Why? Because Jesus said in Matthew 9:26, “with God all things are possible.”

And there’s another New Year’s resolution: Believe that I can change. Because “with God, all things are possible.”

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[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Year's_resolution

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