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Check out the top ten New Year's resolutions:

10. Be a better person
9. Eat healthier
8. Be more patient
7. Exercise more
6. Become more organized.
5. Find a better job
4. Save or earn more money
3. Stick to a budget
2. Stop smoking
1. Lose weight

Did you notice that there is not a mention of God in the list of top ten resolutions? We want to become better, healthier, wealthier, etc. but we don't want God to be involved in the process. It's sort of like the man who approached the preacher one Sunday morning and said, "Preacher, if you see me fall asleep while you're preaching, don't take it personally. It's not that your sermon is boring. It's just that I was taking inventory of all my merchandise last night and didn't get to bed until the wee hours of the morning. This is that time of year, you know. I discovered a lot of merchandise that I didn't sell during the past year. I came to realize how many mistakes I had made in ordering and marketing my merchandise. Some shelves were empty and others were full of things that I had not been able to sell. Apparently I had bought too much of what I shouldn't have and didn't buy enough of others that were good sellers." Then he asked the preacher, "Don't you think that at the beginning of each New Year every one of us should take inventory of our own lives, too?"

Why not do that right now as you look to the past. What was the worst thing that happened to you in 2006? What was the best thing that happened to you in 2006? What did you learn from them? What about the present? Are you content with where you are spiritually in your life? And, of course, there's the future. What plans have you made to better your religious convictions and example?

May 2007 be the best year you've ever had! "Beloved I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers. " (III John 3:2)

For His Cause,
Tim Woodward