Happy New Year 2011: Out with the old, in with the new!

I am not one to make resolutions. You see, for me, it is best to make goals, rather than resolutions. Why?

 

Like the millions of other Americans, I would make resolutions and not achieve them. Then, would feel worse off, than before I had made them.

 

However, a few years ago, I began making goals for the year. Telling myself, it wasn’t about perfection, but about progress. Moving closer to the mark. Making the goals attainable, not unrealistic.

 

As I began to ponder my goals for 2011, I was greatly influenced by the assigned readings of a few classes, which I am taking; personal reading selections; as well as reflection upon biblical passages, where I have “camped out” in the last few months.

 

“Give yourselves completely to God since you have been given new life. And use your whole body as a tool to do what is right for the glory of God.”

Romans 6:13, NLT

Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment.  And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

Matthew 22:37-40

“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

Romans 12: 1-2


As I was wondering how to adequately put into words the direction I felt God leading me for this new year, I came across some information on our denomination’s website (Free Methodist), which I found intriguing. Why? Well, it pretty much summed up everything I had been thinking, feeling and desiring to accomplish in 2011. As well, provided a visual for this “visual learner.”

 

Ten Best Practices for Health and Wellness

As Christians, we understand the values of rules to guide us in living a life of faith.  Maintaining health and wholeness is essential in making the most of the life we were given.  Here are some suggestions for being intentional about your health and wellness.

  1. Love God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength.
  2. Love your neighbor as you love yourself; be an example of self-care as well as caring for others.
  3. Remember the Sabbath and keep it holy; be intentional about time for rest and renewal within your week, church year, and life in ministry.
  4. Honor your body as a gift from God and temple of the Holy Spirit.  Feed it healthy foods, and build your physical and emotional endurance with regular physical activity.
  5. Honor your mother, father, siblings, spouse, and/or children with your love, respect, and time.
  6. Reflect your faith and use your gifts in your vocation.
  7. Develop healthy habits to keep your Wholeness Wheel in balance and to be fit for a ministry of servanthood.
  8. Equip yourself to use your gifts effectively to proclaim and live out the gospel in the world.
  9. Practice and seek forgiveness.
  10. Pray daily.

Excerpt from The Right Road, Life Choices for Clergy
Gwen Wagstrom Halaas, M.D., Author

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Yep, that about sums it up! Body, mind, soul and spirit. Taking the necessary steps, in order to make progress in those areas of my life. Not for myself, but for God’s glory.

  • I Corinthians 6:19  — “…your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God,…”
  • Proverbs 17:22 — “A cheerful heart is a good medicine, but a downcast spirit dries up the bones.”
  • I Corinthians 10:31 — “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God.”
  • Galatians 6:2 — “Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.”
  • Psalm 139:1-6 — “O Lord, you have searched me and known me.  You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from far away.  You search out my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways.  Even before a word is on my tongue, O Lord, you know it completely.  You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me.  Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is so high that I cannot attain it.


 

“I Desire” by Natalie Grant

Here in this world that you’ve designed
From the rolling plains to the oceans deep and wide
Where are the words that can say what’s in my heart
All that I am is amazed by who You are

The one thing I desire
Is just to know You more
To live a life that moves and breathes
And loves to bring you joy

So fill me with a fire
That burns away my doubts and all my fears
Into a place where You are all I hear
It’s the one thing I desire
To do what you require
Is the one thing I desire

To love when I’d rather turn away
To give when I’m more resigned to take
To reach out a hand to someone who feels alone
The way You reached for me
When there seemed to be no hope

The one thing I desire
Is just to know You more
To live a life that moves and breathes
And loves to bring you joy

So fill me with a fire
That burns away my doubts and all my fears
Into a place where You are all I hear
It’s the one thing I desire
To do what you require
Is the one thing I desire

I’ll live my life serving Christ
Offering a sacrifice of praise

The one thing I desire
Is just to know You more
To live a life that moves and breathes
And loves to bring you joy

So fill me with a fire
That burns away my doubts and all my fears
Into a place where You are all I hear
It’s the one thing I desire
To do what you require
Is the one thing I desire


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One response to “Happy New Year 2011: Out with the old, in with the new!

  1. Jada,

    I am pondering all of this as well and trying to grapple with why I didn’t set goals last year and what I am going to do about that this year, etc, etc…
    Getting into the nitty gritty or our strengths and weeknesses…tendencies, sinful places we want to keep in the dark, etc….it is painful and wonderful to break through those areas…and become more and more like our Savior…
    Thanks for sharing!

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