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What were your 2015 New Year’s Resolutions?
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New Year's Eve has always been a time for looking back to the past, and more importantly, forward to the coming year. It's a time to reflect on the changes we want (or need) to make and resolve to follow through on those changes.

An extensive research project conducted in 2014 shows that 45% of us usually make one of more New Year Resolutions while 38% never make do.

You can find Top 10, Top 25 and even Top 100 lists of the most popular resolutions on line, but when you get into the top 100, some of the resolutions listed are ones that I never considered including on mine, such as...
  • Try every Pizza joint in the city.
  • Don't wear the same pants more than 3 times in the same week - same for socks.
  • Visit the dentist at least once this year.
  • Give up once and for all on the Maple Leafs.

The survey I mentioned says that all resolutions fit into one of these four categories. Do they? Even those ones about socks, pants and pizza?

The 4 categories:
  1. Self-improvement or education related (The pants - socks one would apply here as would visit the dentist. Even giving up on the Leafs could be considered self-improvement!)
  2. Weight related (trying all those pizza places would certainly apply to this category)
  3. Money related (spending more on Pizza, pants and socks- all money related.)
  4. Relationship related. (The socks – pants thing could fit here too and depending on the last visit to the dentist, that on be could be a significant factor on relationships.

Maybe the survey is right, that everything does fall into just four categories. Let's take a look at the survey's top 10 New Years resolutions of 2014 - do they all fit?

  1. Lose Weight
  2. Getting Organized
  3. Spend Less, Save More
  4. Enjoy Life to the Fullest
  5. Staying Fit and Healthy
  6. Learn Something Exciting
  7. Quit Smoking
  8. Help Others in Their Dreams
  9. Fall in Love
  10. Spend More Time with Family

The survey also reported that 39% of people in their twenties actually achieved their resolution each year while only 14% of people over 50 achieved their resolution each year.

I would have thought that with all that wisdom we have gained by the time we were 50, we would know how to set realistic goals. Clearly those conducting the survey were just asking the wrong 50 and overs, definitely not the readers of Christian Life in London!

I love reading surveys, forecasts and statistics but isn’t it interesting where the majority of people place their focus? More importantly, where they don’t place their focus. It first glace I did not see how any of the top 10 are related to our journey with Him and what we should strive for to be better Christians.

But with a more open-minded review, maybe there are more several "fits"

Number 2: Getting Organized. To be organized means having a clear understanding of ones priorities. At the top of those priorities is the re-commitment to Him everyday and making sure that all priorities are consistent to that commitment.

Number 4 Enjoy Life to the Fullest – Can you live life to the fullest without Christ? You could say that is exactly what number 4 means.

Number 6: Learn something exciting. Read scripture, participate in bible study and discover the power of prayer? There is an endless list that applies to number 6.

Number 8: Help Others in Their Dreams. Hmmmmm, who would be the best one to help those with their dreams?

Number 9: Fall in Love This is an easy one...1 John 4:7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.

Let's say we go with those 5, what do you have on your list for 2015? Maybe they include…

Resolve to stay faithful to Jesus Christ. He is the one Truth, Way and Life. There's no reason to look elsewhere.

Resolve to not let anything - a career, a significant other, social media, a house – become an object of worship.

Resolve to watch your language and not speak any destructive talk, especially involving the name of God.

Resolve to prevent burnout by putting aside work one day a week. Trust God to provide for your needs that day and just enjoy the time He's given you.

Resolve to honour your commitment to your spouse. Whether in thought or in deed, stay pure and loyal in the union God made.

Resolve to speak about others only with truth and love, not gossip.

Resolve to be content with what you have, and not worry about that others are amassing.