2009 is fast upon us! I am really thankful for this time of year.  To me Thanksgiving and Christmas logically give way to a new year. Looking at what I’m thankful for and all that God has given me, then turning to praise and adore Him for the greatest gift ever, Jesus Christ and finally focusing myself on His plan for my life and seeking to honor Him with all of me.

Some make resolutions. Websters-online-dictionary.org defines it, as it pertaines to New Year’s Day, as ” a decision to do something or behave in a certain manner.”

I personally don’t make resolutions–mainly because I can’t keep them. I make goals. One definition of goal is “The purpose toward which an endeavor is directed; an objective.”  I like this a whole lot better than a resolution. Here’s an example of resolution vs. goal: Resolution–lose 15 pounds this year. Goal: Only eat sweets once a week, drink water, plan healthy meals, and exercise at least 3x per week. See the difference? I have such a better understanding of what I’m trying to accomplish and I know the plan to getting there.

Amidst all my goal making, I must keep my eyes on my Heavenly Father.

13Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. Phil. 3:13-14

Honoring God and following His plan for my life is my highest goal.

What are some of your goals for 2009?

Ringing in the New Year

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