Thursday, January 1, 2015

NEW BEGINNINGS AND LASTING CHANGES


I am sure many, if not all of us, have regrets. Some might be small, others might be large. We are all imperfect beings and because of that, regrets can often creep up on us. Each new year people set out to have their “Best year yet!” We set lofty goals of self-improvement and have a new found determination to be the best we can be. Overtime these goals might seem daunting and we give up. We fall back into old habits and lose focus on making any real and lasting changes. As much as no one wants to admit it, this pattern is very typical. 
One of my very favorite talks is called “Of Regrets and Resolutions” by Dieter F. Uchtdorf. I honestly think everyone should be required to read it, especially at the beginning of a new year. 
There are three main points that he discusses throughout the talk.  
1. Resolve to spend more time with those we love. 
2. Resolve to strive more earnestly to become the person God wants us to be. 
3. Resolve to find happiness, regardless of circumstance.  
I have plenty of goals that I want to accomplish this new year but I can’t think of one that doesn’t fit perfectly into at least one of these three categories. You want to be more fit? More successful? Better with your money or your time? So does God. He wants us to be the best we can be. Taking care of our bodies is not only something we should strive to do, but it’s a commandment from God. Using our time wisely will not only help us to become the person God wants us to be but it can also help us be happier and allow us time to spend with those we love. 
As you set your New Years Resolutions, consider these three points. Be determined to devote more of your time in becoming who God wants you to become. Trust that His plan is better than your plan. When things don’t work out the way you anticipated, lean on Him and find happiness in your circumstance. If these three points our your focus for this new year, you will have little-to-no room for regrets. With God by your side you will be able to make lasting changes and truly start a new beginning. 
What are some of your New Years Resolutions? 

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