I have been like many others making New Year Resolutions that had to do with life style changes in the past and for the most part have not succeeded. Things such as, “Eat healthier, exercise more, loose at least 10 lbs, learn to say NO, and etc! I can assure you that the things I just mentioned are still much needed in my life. During the holiday season my goal was to be more of a Mary instead of a Martha. I actually succeeded with this goal though I must admit that there was a few days that I struggled with this. However with that mind-set I thought about the New Year and what I would like to be better at. My goal is to practice the 5 love languages...If you ever get the chance to read this book by Gary Chapman I highly recommend it.
1: Speak words of affirmation...have positive things to say instead of negative. Speak words of encouragement to others. Build one another up with our words.
2: Quality Time...spend more time with others & especially those that are near & dear to my heart. Like my family & close friends….we tend to take those people for granite.
3: Giving Gifts...which is basically a noun that denotes acts or actions. A gift doesn’t necessarily have to momentary. Bake someone a pan of cookies for no reason...mail them a card of encouragement….etc...
4: Acts of Service...most of the time our acts of service involves something we like to do or do not mind doing...but...what about those acts of service we might not like very well?
5: Physical touch: Though some may not like to hug and that is alright but it never hurts to simply pat someone on the back for comfort, encouragement, job well done or just to show kindness. Physical touch can be simply to hold another sisters hand as you pray for her...
What would you like to accomplish for this brand new year of 2012? Life is short, time is at hand so let us strive to be more Christ-like in every area of our life!