I joined a gym a few months back and have enjoyed working out immensely. There have not been an overwhelming amount of people but I am expecting that to change for the next month or so due to.....you guessed it: New Year's Resolutions!
Sadly as the year progresses I anticipate the numbers to wane. I believe it is important to have goals because they keep us focused on what is important.
I came across this article which was entitled "New Year's Resolutions from the 1700's"
I noticed the emphasis was all spiritual and I thought that interesting. So often we focus on the outward when in the end it doesn't matter.
I choose a couple of these that were on the list and desire to make them my goals this year; maybe you would like to join me!
~ Resolved, that I will do whatsoever I think to be most to the glory of God, and my own good, profit, and pleasure, in the whole of my duration; without any consideration of time, whether now, or never so many myriads of ages hence.
~ Resolved, to do whatever I think my duty, and most for the good and advantage of mankind in general.
~ Resolved, never to lose one moment of time, but to improve it in the most profitable way I can.
~ Resolved, to live with all my might, while I do live.
~ Resolved, never to do anything, which I should be afraid to do if it were the last hour of my life.
~ Resolved, never to do anything out of revenge.
~ Resolved, never to speak evil of anyone, so that it shall tend to his dishonor, more or less, upon no account except for some real good.
~ Resolved, to study the Scriptures so steadily, constantly, and frequently, as that I may find, and plainly perceive, myself to grow in the knowledge of the same.
~ Resolved, never to count that a prayer, nor to let that pass as a prayer, nor that as a petition of a prayer, which is so made, that I cannot hope that God will answer it; nor that as a confession which I cannot hope God will accept.
~ Resolved, to ask myself, at the end of every day, week, month, and year, wherein I could possibly, in any respect, have done better.
~ Resolved, never to give over, nor in the least to slacken, my fight with my fight with my corruptions, however unsuccessful I may be.
~ Resolved, after afflictions, to inquire, what I am the better for them; what good I have got by them, and what I might have got by them.
~ Resolved, always to do that which I shall wish I had done when I see others do it. Let there be something of benevolence in all that I speak.
I am just an ordinary girl who is loved by an extraordinary God and I seek to love others the same way. I love to bake, read, do puzzles, watch Hallmark movies, and go shopping with my mom! This blog was created as a place where I could share some thoughts that the Lord has shown me and to be an encouragement to others who desire to know Him in a deeper way. My prayer is to learn to sit still and trust God with my future.
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