Summary: The majority of us make New years resolutions only to fail. Why not make some resolutions that count and keep them

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In a few days around 60 hours to be more exact that ball at times square is going to drop and millions of people all over the country will usher in the start of a brand new year. My friends 2014 is upon us a new year a chance to start fresh and set some goals and make some resolutions that hopefully will improve our lives over the next twelve months. Millions of people will make a New Year's resolution, that promise that you make to yourself to start doing something good or maybe stop doing something bad on the first day of the year and about 80% of them will fail.

Hopefully today we can get our minds thinking about making some resolutions that count and we can figure out a way to make them stick.

Now the practice of making new year’s resolutions has been around a long time. The ancient Babylonians made promises to their gods at the start of each year that they would return borrowed objects and pay their debts.

The Romans began each year by making promises to the god Janus, for whom the month of January is named.

In Medieval times, the knights took the "peacock vow" at the end of the Christmas season each year to re-affirm their commitment to chivalry.

At watch night services, many Christians prepare for the year ahead by praying and making resolutions.

Now these are some common New Year’s Resolutions that we have all heard

• Become more physically fit

• Improve financial condition

• Improve health

• Lose weight

• Improve family relationships

• Do more volunteer work

• Change overall attitude

Now you may think these are pretty good resolutions , and they are , nothing wrong with improving on our physical and mental health, nothing wrong with improving our relationships, nothing wrong with volunteering more, all of these are good things to strive to improve. But do they really matter in the end.

As I was preparing this message it brought to mind some wisdom that was passed on to me by Dot Conner and it was passed on to her by a doctor that was a friend of hers. Now I know she has probably shared this wisdom with some of you here and I’m sure she won’t mind if I share it today.

Basically it goes like this “Don’t put anything in your boat that won’t get you to the other side.”

And that’s where we all are today we are all on the stormy banks of Jordan trying to get to the other side. We are all in this boat together trying to make it to the Promised Land!!! And we need to make some resolutions that count and stick with them.

As we look at our Scripture today it is evident that the Apostle Paul knew what was important.

Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

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