Simple Resolutions for the New Year

It’s been a long while since I’ve blogged, but I thought I would once again suggest some simple but powerful resolutions for the New Year. So, without a lot of fanfare, here they are:

  1. Commit to daily prayer – The stronger our relationship with God is, the stronger our relationships with others will be. Commit to carving out 10-15 minutes of quiet meditation each day. Get away from distractions and be silent. Focus on strengthening your relationship with Jesus by meditating on how much he loves you.
  2. Commit to relationship building – Is there anything more important in our lives than relationships? If so, then why do we waste so much time on other things that just don’t matter? This year, focus on strengthening your most cherished relationships. Make that phone call.  Meet that person for lunch. Write that letter. Ask for forgiveness or forgive.  Just do it. You know it’s important!
  3. Commit to simplifying your life – Life is so much richer when it’s simple. Little by little, get rid of things you don’t need. Clean out your closets and drawers and give your clothes to the needy. Throw things out that you don’t need. Living simply brings clarity to our lives.
  4. Commit to serving the neediest among us – It’s super easy to write a check to charity. But it’s more fulfilling to show up and serve those in need. Find a place where you can serve the poor. Talk with them. Get to know their stories. It will change you.

Do these things and you will have a transformational year!  God bless you.

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