Starting with Me in 2003

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I always associate the holidays with food, sports, family, talking, laughing, seeing old friends, shopping and just having fun. After everything is said and done, many of us celebrate New Years Eve in church to insure we start the year off right. While speaking with friends, I began to notice that many of their "New Years resolutions" had to do with losing weight, or getting in shape, becoming more organized, spending more time with the family, being a better parent, changing jobs and so on. Even though some of the resolutions were admirable, my friends had no concrete plans to help accomplish what they so adamantly claimed they wanted to do. I also noticed that many people's goals to improve in the upcoming year did little to confront or challenge the personal issues they were dealing with. "Starting with me in 2003" carries the task of really looking at you before seriously undertaking any personal journeys.

Getting a better job can be an excellent goal, if you are also willing to go to back to school or diligently search the job market. Losing weight only makes sense if you are willing to stop buying the ice cream or "mouth watering donuts." To ignore these things only means you’re acting against your own prayers. It says in James 1:18, "A double minded man is unstable in all his ways."

Unrealistic goals and plans tend to be discarded and ignored as quickly as yesterdays old newspaper. Start the New Year off by setting goals you can actually accomplish. Instead of trying to lose 50 pounds in a week, you may want to try and lose just one or two pounds a month.

Setting goals, which are within your reach, can be very motivating. You might even be amazed at all the things you can accomplish that are within your reach.

Finally, work on learning how to forget. That’s right, forgetting can be an excellent thing to work on. The Apostle Paul says in Philippians 3:13 "forgetting those things that are behind.." Start 2003 by learning to forget all of your mistakes, failed plans and bad relationships. You should remember the lesson, but forget the details of the mistakes. Work on looking at everyday of your life from God’s perspective. His perspective always leads to positive and productive changes in our lives and will truly result in a positive change in 2003.

Some Suggestions:

  • Have a talk with God by reading his word and prayer. Learn to view your life through his eyes. You’ll probably be surprised to find out what God actually thinks about your situation.
  • Share your feelings with someone you trust. The people around you are probably not aware of the times you may be feeling down.
  • Always look for someone to help. Getting away from your personal issues is always a good cure for depression.
  • Learn how to forget past mistakes and move on. Remembering your failures can lead to reliving your failures.
  • Blessings on your journey to wellness,

Minister GW Tyles
You can email Rev Tyles at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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