New Year’s Resolutions Update

These were my resolutions for 2007: 1) Serve others by God’s grace, not my own efforts to earn their approval or praise, but as a response of love – giving a gift to God (as I would to a friend or someone that might deserve a special something). 2) Obey God and move forward in what He has already given me to do, even if it’s scary or difficult or seemingly unimportant or non-essential.

Basically, to BE NICER.
Am I being nicer?

Well, not yelling isn’t going so well.  I haven’t slammed too many doors or thrown anything large or dangerous.  That’s not really saying much.  But, I have confessed – to both God and either Eila or Brian, when my anger at the injustice of it all has flared.

As for helping others, I have helped others when it has been convenient or I’ve been asked to do so, but I haven’t gone out of my way to be nice and lend a hand.  And once, I even complained out loud, which definitely wasn’t nice.  Although, I have been faithfully praying for others and that’s the nicest thing I can think to do, and most helpful.

Finally, being nicer to the strangers I encounter every day: cashiers, wait staff, other drivers and shoppers. I have done pretty well in common courtesy towards them, even making polite conversation.  On occasion, I’ve reflectively listened and truly cared for these strangers.

In the first goal: to be nicer, I’m making some improvements, but there is still plenty of room for more.

My second goal, the catch all, is a good reminder to be to do what I tell Eila to do every day:  Listen and Obey.  I can think of a few things that I should do right now and one of them is to stop typing and start praying. So, off I go.

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