What are you Resolving to do this next year?
Someone once said you could tell more about a person from their checkbook and calendars than from anything else they have.
The reasoning for such a statement is simple.
People spend their time and money on the things that are really important to them.
There is another important gauge of a person’s interest that is more difficult to identify. If you can determine the things a person thinks about all the time, you can know who they really are.
It has also been said we become what we think.
This line of Thinking prompted William Barclay to write, “This is something of utmost importance because it is the law of life that, if a man thinks of something often enough, he will come to the stage when he cannot stop thinking about it.”
In other words, our thoughts can consume our time and energy and go along way toward determining who we are going to become.
Obviously there are some limitations in this theory. For example, if someone is 5’4’’ tall and weighs 240 pounds, and has a vertical jump of six inches, he is not going to play in the NBA no matter how much he thinks about it.
But it is still important what we think. Because our thoughts play an important part in what we are and who we become.
If our thoughts are this important, each one of us should make a Resolution at the beginning of the year to think right thoughts. In Philippians 4:8 the Apostle Paul wrote,
“Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, let your mind dwell on these things.”
While Paul was not writing a new year’s resolution, it would not be a bad idea for each one of us to make these verse our resolution.
Of course, if we are serious about such a resolution, it will affect our lives dramatically. It will affect –
- where we go,
- what we watch,
- what we read, and what we hear.
The results of this resolution being kept would be changed lives. Lives that are changed positively would mean happier homes and better communities. Considering the possible benefits, it is a resolution worth at least thinking about.
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