On to the prepared post, with some revisions.
What are your 2011 New Year’s resolutions?
Are New Year’s resolutions even necessary, if you are always striving for positive personal growth?
I am not planning any resolutions for this year, just continuing toward the goals already in place. I try to:
read my Bible and various devotions most days. I have an ongoing Bible reading plan and usually have prayer book(s) and lists, devotion(s) and ongoing spiritual disciplines also.
pray without ceasing.
listen to and obey God.
have an attitude of gratitude.
treat everyone with kindness and compassion.
be an encourager.
be generous with my time, money, gifts/talents and effort.
be self-sufficient (i.e., able to survive—heirloom vege garden, chickens, etc.).
diet and exercise, both of which are derailed due to minor health issues. I do walk fairly constantly/engage in physical labor with my nursing/teaching and I do try to eat healthy and local.
This is not an exhaustive list. You get the idea.
Not that I succeed in achieving these goals all the time, or even most of the time. These goals reflect the core value of love—for God, others and self—powered by the Holy Spirit. I try to achieve excellence instead of perfection, because only Jesus was perfect.
Do you have ongoing goals for positive personal growth? What helps you stay on track? I am very grateful for the Holy Spirit as my Helper, since He is the One working in me (Phil. 1:6) to bring to completion God’s Work in me. I couldn’t think of trying to achieve, much less excel, in any of these in my own power.
Think about your New Year’s resolution as continuing on with any positive personal growth goals already in place.
Speaking of eating healthy, I just discovered resources for local and healthy food information in Oklahoma, through the Kerr Center for Sustainable Agriculture website, under the Local/Community tab. www.kerrcenter.com
I especially like the Buy Fresh, Buy Local page, where you can find information on purchasing locally produced foods.