Tuesday, January 3, 2012

New Years Resolutions with the Bible and George Washington




 Write It Down...

© 2011 by Mrs. Juli Iles
What is a New Year's Resolution?  According to Wikipedia it is:
"A New Year's resolution is a commitment that an individual makes
to a project or the reforming of a habit, often a lifestyle change..."

Where am I, where do I want to be next year, what would be the appropriate steps to getting there? What do I want to try to improve? What character do I want to possess?

Philippians 4:4-9
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.



If there is something on your heart, talk to God about it. He will give you peace and show you which goals are good and which will only cause you anxiety. The ones that cause anxiety are not of Him, Peace will guide you.


Habakkuk 2:2 says, “Write my answer plainly on tablets, so that a runner can carry the correct message to others.


If Jacob Shallus had never actually written down the Constitution...where would America be today? Only because the words were preserved do we have “a nation of laws and not of men.” - George Washington


Now that we have written law, it is our responsibility to uphold and defend it. In order to do so we must have strong personal responsibility and Christ-like character.


Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” -John Adams


I found this in an email and thought it was very good:


A man decided that he would change the world.
But, he wasn’t successful.
So he decided to change the country.
But, he wasn’t successful.
So he decided to change his community.
But, he wasn’t successful.
So he decided to change his street.
But, be wasn’t successful.
So he decided to change his family.
But, he wasn’t successful.
So he decided to change himself.
AND HE WAS SUCCESSFUL.
AND HIS FAMILY CHANGED AND THEY AFFECTED THEIR STREET.
AND THE PEOPLE ON THE STREET AFFECTED THEIR COMMUNITY.
AND THE PEOPLE OF THE COMMUNITY AFFECTED THEIR COUNTRY.
AND THE PEOPLE OF THE COUNTRY AFFECTED THE WORLD.

So how are we going to live this year? Will we love our neighbors?  Will we honor others before ourselves?  Will we put God first? As you are thinking of your New Year's Resolutions, don't forget to add a couple internal goals...to address your character. If you want some inspiration I would encourage you to view GeorgeWashington's Rules of Civility and DescentBehavior.


May God bless you and your family greatly in 2012!
© 2011 by Mrs. Juli Iles 

If you wish to share your goals for 2012 please comment below!  I would love to hear from you!

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