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Spiritual Practice

I Resolve

Sandy Miller

2014 image Ftr TSP 184488951Having had little success keeping New Year’s resolutions, I welcome the new ideas our writers recommend in the January/February 2014 issue. Thinking about resolutions as invitations rather than rules led me to ask: In 2014, what would I like to accomplish? to create? to enjoy? How would I like to grow or change? to deepen my relationships? What decisions do I want to make? What problems (my own or the world’s) would I like to solve? What is God calling me to be or to do? Gradually, my answers morphed into practices that could guide my life—and perhaps yours—in the year ahead.

  • Create Something: Take a photo each day to document your life. Build something with your hands. Find a way to use your God-given talents. Don’t worry about being perfect; just enjoy!
  • Practice Gratitude: Begin each day by naming 10 things for which you are grateful. Be intentional about saying “thank you” to others.
  • Broaden Your Horizons: Visit at least four places you’ve always wanted to see. Capture your adventure on Instagram or in a journal.
  • Be More Social Offline: Make a new friend every month. Make memories, even crazy ones!
  • Eat Breakfast: Even if it means getting up a little earlier.
  • Step Out of Your Comfort Zone: Try something that you are afraid to do or that makes you uncomfortable. Stand up for what’s right, even if you stand alone.
  • Focus On Others: Every day, do one nice thing for someone else—offer a smile or a compliment, hug a sibling, mow a neighbor’s yard, donate blood, sponsor a child, serve others.
  • Simplify: Every week, get rid of one thing you don’t need.
  • Choose to Love Yourself: Focus on the things you like about yourself. A healthy self-image makes it easier to change things you don’t like.
  • Learn to Say NO—and YES! Say NO to all that holds you back, puts you down, or saps your energy. Say YES to something new—something that requires you to stretch, that gives you life.

This year, let’s ditch our preoccupation with fixing what’s wrong with us and resolve to be open to the ways God is shaping us into the persons we were created to be.

Sandy Miller is the editor of devozine.

—from devozine (January/February 2014). Copyright © 2013 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.
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