New Year’s Resolution

This is a post by Kay Liddle a 92 year old missionary who arrived in Papua New Guinea in 1952 at age 26.

Now living in New Zealand,  he is still active in his Bible Teaching and delivering sermons.

Here is a piece I was allowed to share. 

Sunday 31st December 2017

By Kay Liddle

It’s New Year’s Eve. 2 years ago I collapsed in the Pharmacy and Jan got me into hospital – not easy to get an empty bed in A & E this time of year! Part of the past I want to forget!

13 No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us. NLT. This is the text for many sermons and meditations regarding New Year Resolutions.

From ‘THE WORD FOR TODAY’: Be honest, how many of last year’s resolutions did you keep? They say, ‘Procrastination is the thief of time’. We keep promising ourselves we’ll do better. But ‘resolutions only happen when you’re resolute’. That means having a mind that’s made up.

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So here are four resolutions you need to make up your mind to keep this year 2018.

1. Take time for what really matters. Get up earlier in order to read your Bible and pray before entering the day. Make more time for your family. Start exercising and eating right. Take better care of your body; it is God’s temple (1 Cor. 6:19).
2. Tackle one thing at a time. Taking on too many things at once dilutes your focus and makes it harder to stick with things. When you start too much, you finish too little. So start where you are and build on your successes by mastering and maintaining one thing at a time. [Some of you, especially the women folk, will be good at multi-tasking, so don’t take this literally!]
3. Start small. Don’t try to swallow the whole enchilada (Mexican tortilla filled with meat served with chilli sauce) in one bite! Talk in terms of what you will do instead of what you won’t. E.g., instead of saying, ‘I’m not going to be so critical’, try saying, ‘Today I’m going to look for something good in everyone I meet, (Philippians 4:8 MSG you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious – the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not the things to curse.).
4. Record your progress or lack of it. You can’t manage what you can’t measure. By facing the truth you’ll see how far you’ve come, and what you need to work on. The Bible says, ‘Throw yourself into your tasks so that everyone will see your progress’ (1 Timothy 4:15 NLT).

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May you experience God’s best in 2018.

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