Low Sodium New Year!

In the book of Genesis, chapter 19, the Lord rained down burning sulfur on Sodom and Gomorrah and overthrew the cities. All the people and the vegetation were destroyed, except for Lot and his family. However, when Lot’s wife looked back at the city, she became a pillar of salt. Instead of being grateful for being saved from disaster, Lot’s wife wanted to go back to the evil city and was mourning her life there. She didn’t want to change.

There are many self-development tools, books and blogs that tell you to take a look back over the past year, to assess and plan for the next. But, I think we can learn something from Lot’s wife. I don’t think any of us will turn to salt by taking an assessment of the past year, but we should be careful not to let the past keep us from moving forward.

MISTAKES–We all make them. Some of your mistakes in 2010 may have been doozies. You might still be paying the price for those mistakes. The best thing we can all do in 2011, is learn from our 2010 mistakes!

HURT–It’s hard not to be resentful. But, pulling that luggage around will not only be a burden for you, but it also can have an effect on your marriage, your relationships with other family members and friends and on your productivity level. Forgiveness will be a blessing to you and will free your heart and mind. If you can’t do it on your own, please ask Jesus to help you, He would love to do that!

DOUBT–Doubt is one of the best tools the enemy has to keep us trapped. And, it’s also the best way he can make our relationship with our Savior fuzzy as well. We have doubts about ourselves, doubts about our loved ones, doubts about our friends, doubts about Jesus. It’s a horrible way to feel and think. Resolve to let doubt go this year, and start doing and trusting. You are never alone in doubt, but doubt can make you feel that way. Jesus wants to help and doubt has no place in your relationship with Him.

FEAR–We are all afraid sometimes. But, the fear that paralyzes and keeps us stuck in our past is the worst kind. The biggest fear of most people is the fear of change. But change is required for growth. Sometimes there are growing pains, but growth has so many blessings that come with it that we should all try to embrace the positive aspects of change and get help dealing with the negative aspects. By growing through new experiences, it better equips us in helping others who are going through those same things.

Mistakes, hurt, doubt and fear….those are all things that should be left in 2010. Prayer, forgiveness, action steps and rewarding ourselves for changes made are some great resolutions for 2011. If we start focusing on that, and on the many blessings God has in store for us in 2011, our look back won’t be long at all. Happy New Year everyone! God bless you!

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