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New Year

After compiling almost 8000 responses from kids who were asked for their New Year's resolutions in January 2003, released the top five New Year's resolutions kids made. They are:

Get better grades: 2,121

Be nicer to my brother/sister: 877 votes

Eat less junk food: 869 votes

Get more sleep: 828 votes

Get more exercise: 811 votes.

As far as adults go, according to, the most popular resolutions for the New Year are:

Weight Loss 44% 

Debt Retirement 48%

Cleaning & Reducing Clutter 30% 

Getting Organized 21%

Over the coming weeks, we will see what the Bible says about issues like money management, getting out of debt and time management. (If there is interest, I suppose we could also tackle the weight loss issue too, just let me know if you are interested in the subject and we'll work it into the schedule if there is enough interest.)

Any of these resolutions would benefit the person that keeps them, but would do very little for the person that merely makes them. Most of us know the pain of not being able to keep our resolutions in the past. If you have a track record of making resolutions but not keeping them, perhaps you would be wise to determine what went wrong. Certainly, two key components are necessary for the Christian making a resolution. One is to make sure our plans are Godly ones; the second is to rely upon Him for the strength to carry them out. Proverbs 16:9 NLT "We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps."

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