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January 3, 2014

Verna Davis: Change your way of thinking as a New Year's resolution

It should come as no surprise to my regular readers that I don't do New Year's resolutions. Nope. Don't believe in them. In fact, in the entire time I've written this column (going on 14 years now) I have not once dedicated a column to any New Year's resolutions. I've confessed that I know any resolution or promise I make will be one I will break before the new year is even a week old. I'm just that kind of gal.

Truth be told, you probably don't do what you resolve to do, either. Kind of makes us feel pretty crummy, doesn't it? Probably about as crummy as Peter felt that day in the Garden of Gethsemane when he fell asleep while Jesus was praying. What was it Jesus told him? Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak (Matthew 26:41).

Therein lies the problem. We know we are weak. We are willing — in our minds at least — to become a new person and to change what needs changing. But when it comes to doing that which we should do as opposed to that which we really do, we are weak as newborn kittens.

The reason it's so hard to make resolutions? It means we need to make changes. The reason it's so hard to make changes? The flesh is weak. The reason the flesh is weak? We listen to the call of Satan instead of the call of the Savior.

Last Sunday, the teenagers in my Sunday school class helped me come up with a way to keep our resolutions. Simply put, we need to change the way we are thinking. Philippians 4:8 outlines the plan for us: "Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable — if anything is excellent or praiseworthy think about such things."

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