by Jerry Branch

Resolutions: Have You Checked in with God?
Gerald Branch
Proverbs 16:1-9

We begin a New Year in just two days...are you ready?

Have you started thinking about making any resolutions?
You know...the New Year is actually a really good time to do some reflecting on the past, and start looking forward.
It can be a great time to make new plans.
Maybe to start work on your college or take a couple courses.
Maybe to start thinking about raising a family.
Maybe to plan a special vacation.
Maybe to put things into motion for you to make a fresh start
Start a diet
Change your style of living
Change your spending habits
Change your hairdo.

That's why a lot of people make New Year's Resolutions.
But I've got some bad news for you...
You see, if CNN is correct, as they said in a newsreport, ...
''Lose weight. Exercise every day. Eat fruits and vegetables. If you're like many Americans, health goals topped your New Year's resolutions. But a month into the year, how many are sticking to their resolutions?
According to a survey of 12,000 people, about 30 percent of those making resolutions say they don't even keep them into February.
And only about 1 in 5 actually stay on track for six months or more,
(reports, a consumer diet and fitness Web site).''
So, it would seem that regardless of our good intentions,
most of us don't so well in the long run when it comes to resolutions.
All the same, maybe part of the reason we do so poorly
in succeeding in our New Year's resolutions is that
we've neglected one of the most important aspects
of trying to better ourselves by starting fresh.
So maybe I can give you some good advice on how to succeed
in the resolution or plan department.
We're going to look and see what the Bible says about plans this morning.
The book of Proverbs is called a ''Wisdom'' book for good reason.
Wednesday night several of us got to go in depth
into part of the first chapter of this book,
and out of t ...

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