* Spend more time with my family
* Get physically fit.
* Lose weight.
* Quit smoking.
* Enjoy life more.
* Quit drinking.
* Get out of debt.
* Learn something new.
* Help others more.
* Get organized.
Will James, considered by some the father of modern psychology said the greatest discovery of the 20th century was you can change your life by changing your mind.
Three of these, spend more time with my family, enjoy life more, and help others more are basically attitudes requiring little physical change.
One, get organized, can be done in a matter of hours with a lifetime consequence.
The others require ongoing action. Devise a strategy as to how you can implement the ones on your list. Consider learning something new. Decide what, when, and how you will do it and enjoy the challenge.
Plan your strategy as to how to accomplish them if losing weight and getting physically fit are on your list.
Set realistic goals and establish a timetable.
Ideally get involved with someone doing the same and push each other.
Quitting smoking and drinking are perhaps the hardest. Get help with these. As with others envision the positive good to be achieved.
Something impressive about the list is there is not one spiritual objective listed. With the right spiritual nurture any of these can more easily be attained.
* Check yourself off on this spiritual menu.
* Establish a program of daily Bible reading.
* Engage in Scripture memorization.
* Set aside a time and place for prayer.
* Regularly engage in public worship.
* Think God into your activities during the day.
It is said we become what we think about all day. That is not true. If it were there would be no teenage boys. However, we create for ourselves our own image.
Creating a new image can be an enjoyable and profitable project. If you have never thought about what your image is now is a good time to do it. Once you have hold before you as a mirror the new you envisioned.
Don’t pray this prayer offered by a child: “God, if you can’t make me better that’s OK. I am pretty happy as I am.”
The Rev. Dr. Nelson Price is pastor emeritus of Roswell Street Baptist Church.