Sunday, December 25, 2005

Create Spiritual New Year's Resolutions

Merry Christmas, Happy Souls!

Are you feeling motivated this morning? I certainly hope so. I know that I am!

Near New Year's Day, millions of people will look ahead into 2006 and decide that they want to do more, be better and have more. Before their new resolutions begin to disappear as bubbly champagne is imbibed, people feel better for having looked to improve themselves.

What are some typical New Year's resolutions for this upcoming?

I suspect a few people will want to eat, drink, spend and gamble less.

I'm inclined to think that some people will want to smile, exercise and love more.

Isn't it interesting that the things that are free are what we don't do enough of and the things that cost money are the things we do too much of?

Few people, however, will probably be making spiritual resolutions.

I can think of no better kinds of resolutions to make than spiritual ones . . . and no better day to begin formulating those resolutions than on Christmas!

Here are some resolutions for you to consider:

1. Pray more often.
If you rarely pray now, try praying once a day. You can just say grace over a meal or recite the Lord's Prayer. If you pray at least once a day, remember to pray on the spur of the moment as well.

2. Increase your faith. We all tend to rely too much on our own resources and on "luck". Turn more things over to God. He will gladly bear the load and will do a better job than you will.

3. Forgive more often and more readily. Forgive someone for something every day. Then, increase that forgiveness!

4. Become more grateful. Count your blessings more often and thank God for them.

5. Ask for guidance daily to avoid temptation. You know what's hard for you to resist. Pray and ask to be led away from those temptations. This will take care of those overindulgences that normally clog up your resolution list.

6. Be more loving to others and yourself. Some people abuse themselves more than any torturer would. Since God loves you, you should do the same. By practicing on loving yourself, you'll soon be better at loving others.

7. Seek out more opportunities to help the poor and the oppressed. It is blessed to give. Enjoy that blessing more often.

8. Take time daily to think about the wonder of God's creation. You'll find your ego fitting back into its proper size while you glory in all that we are given.

9. Learn to listen for guidance from the Holy Spirit. It's that wee voice in your head that quietly suggests something different before you make an enormous mistake. The quieter the voice, the more you should pay attention. Otherwise, you'll miss learning what you need to learn.

10. Stand up for God. Share your beliefs with others. Be a good example of those beliefs.

11. Read God's Word every day. The Bible is a great source of grounding into being in touch with spiritual goodness.

Could a billionaire do better? Not a chance!

Those billions are but millstones of distractions drawing the soul away from the true and lasting beauty and benefits of the spiritual life.


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Donald W. Mitchell, Your Dream Concierge

Copyright 2005 Donald W. Mitchell


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