Monthly approach to setting new goals

Published on Friday, 3 January 2014 22:11 - Written by By Lorri Allen Guest Columnist

It’s not too late to make resolutions for 2014 … just make ones that can be fulfilled on a monthly basis!

You’ve still got time to reach January’s goals. Below are ones I’m working on this year.

However, you might not struggle with the same de-mons or weaknesses I do. So ask yourself, “How can I grow more Christ-like in the next 12 months?”

For January, I resolve to be more easygoing. If my husband or friend suggests a restaurant or activity, I will agree rather than try to sell him or her on my idea. “Why not?” and “What a great idea!” will be more common responses.

“A joyful heart is good medicine” —Proverbs 17:22

For February, I resolve to be more thankful. Sure, some aspects of my life might be lousy, but I’m not starving. Rejoice always—I Thessalonians 5:16

For March, I resolve to study the Bible on a more consistent basis. What is more important? These words… shall be on your heart—Deuteronomy 6:6

For April, I resolve to be kinder. Put on a heart of compassion—Colossians 3:12

For May, I resolve to adopt stricter eating and exercising habits. Present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice—Romans 12:1

For June, I resolve to love everyone. Walk in love, just as Christ also loved you—Ephesians 5:2

For July, I resolve to let go of grudges. Be at peace with all—Romans 12:18

For August, I resolve to spend more time in prayer. Pray without ceasing—I Thessalonians 5:17

For September, I resolve to exhibit the fruits of the spirit, like joy and peace, which I might have, but too often keep hidden behind my game face. Galatians 5:22-23

For October, I resolve to have unshakeable faith. We receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken—Hebrews 12:28

For November, I resolve to tell more people about Jesus. Make disciples of all the nations—Matthew 28:19

For December, I resolve to celebrate with abandon, holding nothing back! I bring you good news of a great joy… Glory to God in the highest—Luke 2:10-14

Even thinking about accomplishing tiny progress toward these steps makes me smile—it’s going to be a great year!


Lorri Allen is news director for KYTX CBS19.