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Fresh Thoughts for 2016

FRESH THOUGHTS FOR NEW YEAR --- What God Has Been Teaching Me Lately!

 

Someone once quipped, “Many people look forward to the new year for a “new start on old habits.” As the calendar has shifted from 2015 to 2016, many of us focus on what we will “start” doing in this new year or what new habits we will “begin to implement”. But, often we must “end” old habits before we begin new ones. What if in this new year, you and I focused less on what to start and instead, place our focus and effort into habits we want to cease? Might it give us a sturdier spiritual foundation upon which to build new habits? I think so.

For me, my simple goal in 2016 is to implement more restraint in my life. I want to begin the habit of listening longer before I speak, thinking more thoroughly before I utter my opinion (or not utter it at all) and tempering my tongue. That’s the habit I want to begin, but what habit must I consider ending for the new habit to take root and have a fighting chance of bearing fruit in my life?

A habit I want to end in 2016 is reacting. “Did I really write that”? As much as I hate to admit it, I often react rather than respond. I quickly open my mouth and let every unfiltered thought proceed from my lips! In order to begin the habit of restraint, I must become mindful of my habit of reacting. As I focus on ending the former, the latter will be easier to implement.

What about you? What habits do you want to “end” in 2016? Thinking through the habits you don’t want to reinforce in this new year will give you and me a good start in beginning new ones.

Ben Franklin said: “Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each new year find you a better man or woman.”

Contact me by email, jcarlisle@sandiegobaptists.com if this touched a nerve in you.

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