It’s that time again…resolution time. You may have already made and broken some and are ready to give up again but let me encourage you to think some more. I also want you to think about recasting resolutions into a vision for your year or at least goals for the year. The concept of resolutions has become somewhat cliché; very few people make them and actually expect to keep them. Casting a vision, trying to see what your life may be like in the future, and setting goals is much more likely to have a positive outcome.
Several things recently happened to me that caused me to write about this topic. The first was an article I came across on Facebook called “Ten Questions for a New Year” by Don Whitney at www.desiringgod.org. It has questions to ask as self-reflection before you resolve to change something. The other thing was a friend stating, “I really wish I could give my children more.”
One of the questions Whitney asked was “What’s the most important thing you could do to improve your family life?” Another was “What’s the single biggest time-waster in your life, and how can you redeem the time?” Still another was about who’s salvation should you pray for and what’s one thing you could do to improve your prayer life. The last question was “What single thing can you plan to do this year that will matter most in ten years? In eternity?”
While I highly encourage you to read the whole article and make your own decisions, the following are the decisions that I have done or am working towards:
This year is going to be different for my family. We are going to spend more time off our devices (my personal time waster is Facebook) and more time making memories together. My son is trying to put going to Lego Land on the list for this summer; we might even accomplish that – no promises on that one though. We are going to eat healthier and exercise more. We are going to pray more. But most of all I want to laugh more with my family. My vision for my family is to live and love more together, to forgive when necessary and to grow closer together as a family and with God.
What is your vision for your family??
Omartian, Stormie/The Power of a Praying Parent
She has also written books on the power of the praying wife, praying husband, praying grandparents.
Bronte, Charlotte/Jane Eyre Not recommended for 15 year old boys…
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”- Jeremiah 29:11
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