Specific goals toward lifelong resolutions

I begin every year with resolutions that help me to make progress toward my lifelong resolutions.

It is important that we as Christians redeem the time that we have so that it is maximized for the glory of God. So often we get in the mode of plodding from day to day, and this can lead to wasted time and energy.

The best way that I have found to accomplish goals each year is to have specific markers in the physical, mental, spiritual and social/emotional components of life.

While it is not always possible to keep every resolution, it is helpful to have a game plan for making progress over the long run.

One resolution that I would challenge each person to add to their list is reading through the Bible within the year. This is a commitment that I made 19 years ago and it has transformed me as a man.

While all of us have different dreams and goals in life, I cannot think of a better accomplishment than to read through God’s Word. It is the Word of God that transforms our mind, shapes our conscience and reveals Christ to us so that we may believe in Him.

I hope that each of you reading this article will take the challenge and see how God works in your life as you journey through the Scripture.

— Carlton Weathers, Grace Fellowship, Anniston

Look to the future, to things that matter

My dear friends, we are all mortal. We have a number of precious years which, in the eternal perspective, barely amount to the blink of an eye.

Of resolutions, I resolve to spend more time with the people that I love.

I resolve to strive to become the person God wants me to be.

I resolve to find happiness regardless of my circumstances.

It is my testimony that many of the deepest regrets of tomorrow can be prevented by following the Savior today. We cannot go back in time and change the past, but we can repent. The Savior can wipe away our tears of regret and remove the burden of our sins.

His atonement allows us to leave the past behind and move forward with clean hands, a pure heart (Psalms 24:4) and a determination to do better.

This is my resolution for the new year. I know my loving Heavenly Father and my Savior, Jesus Christ, will both be praying for me and helping me as I pray and strive my best to keep my resolution!

— Wallace Price, Anniston Ward,

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints