10 Important New Year’s Resolutions for Citizens of the Kingdom of God

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Since I’m a citizen of the Kingdom of God, I thought I’d design my 2011 New Year’s resolutions to hold eternal significance. I don’t know about you, but I’ve got a long way to go in learning the culture of the Kingdom. A list of New Year’s resolutions helps keep me focused and moving forward. If you find items on this list useful, add them to your New Year’s list as well.

  1. Learn to laugh like a child again. Joy is the atmosphere of the Kingdom (see Psalm 16:11).
  2. Be available to love and minister, but avoid being dragged into other people’s dramas. You lose your sense of God’s perspective when you become a cast member in someone’s emotional performance.
  3. Take a day once a week to avoid responsibilities by placing those ever present obligations in the hands of the Lord. It’s called a Sabbath day.
  4. Refuse to criticize others. You wouldn’t do that in Heaven, would you?
  5. Read God’s Word. You will be spending eternity future with the Word Made Flesh, so get to know him through his written Word.
  6. Worship the Lord with your full focus at least once a day. He deserves it.
  7. Dine and visit with friends regularly this year. Consider it a rehearsal for the Marriage Supper of the Lamb.
  8. If you must make assumptions, always assume the best of another. Whether your assumption is true or not, it makes for better communication (see Philippians 4:8).
  9. Make time for play at least once a day. Play keeps your attitude childlike, and Jesus recommends this attitude (see Matthew 18:3).
  10. Take your time. Slow down. Enjoy what God has given you. After all, it is your time to take.

Of course it’s one thing to make this list—now I have to live it! It will go beside my Bible and prayer book so I’m sure to revisit it at least once a day as a reminder and as an accountability check list.

So, what do you think—can you add to this list of New Year’s Resolutions?

What about your New Year’s resolutions? What are you aiming for in 2011? We’d love to have your input.

In Him together, Susan Gaddis

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    2 Responses to 10 Important New Year’s Resolutions for Citizens of the Kingdom of God

    1. Kathy Nutt says:

      As always – you have blessed my life! These are the resolutions that are life changing and edifying. Thank you for the reminder of what is really important in our lives. I am thinking that I will post this list in more than one spot in my house so that I am reminded to laugh more and to continually think on things that are good and whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. In doing this – I will also add to my list to spend more time outside enjoying the beauty that God has created for us to enjoy. What a wonderful way to start this new year! Thank you!

    2. Susan Gaddis says:

      It’s nice to share the journey with you, Kathy. I need to spend more time outside enjoying creation also. That’s a good reminder for someone who sits at a computer or in an office most of the day! God bless you.

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