ED­I­TOR’S IN­TRO­DUC­TION new begi nni ngs

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The new year is a good time to take stock of what we’ve ac­com­plished over the past 12 months, to thank God for the bless­ings He’s brought our way, and to open our hearts and minds in an­tic­i­pa­tion of all that is to come in the year ahead.

Many peo­ple also take ad­van­tage of the new start to make res­o­lu­tions for im­prov­ing their char­ac­ter, fit­ness level, health, knowl­edge, or cir­cum­stances. God wants us to ex­am­ine our lives reg­u­larly, and to try to be­come bet­ter per­sons ev­ery day. “Let us ex­am­ine our ways and test them, and let us re­turn to the Lord.”

1 God makes res­o­lu­tions too, and for­tu­nately for us, th­ese are usu­ally to do good things for His chil­dren: “The Lord will guide you al­ways; he will sat­isfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame,” for

2 ex­am­ple.

If keep­ing your res­o­lu­tions is dif­fi­cult, you’re not alone. Univer­sity of Scran­ton re­search sug­gests that just 8% of peo­ple achieve their New Year’s goals. What’s usu­ally hap­pened in my case is that what­ever I re­solved to

3 ac­com­plish or change was ei­ther so for­mi­da­ble that I never felt ready to get started, or con­versely, so triv­ial that I put it off, think­ing I’d get around to it some other time. How­ever, some­one re­cently pointed me to an ar­ti­cle about set­ting SMART (Spe­cific Mea­sur­able At­tain­able Rel­e­vant Time-bound) goals,

4 and my first res­o­lu­tion this year is to give it an hon­est try.

But what about God? Does He ever fail to com­ply with or carry out His res­o­lu­tions? Thank­fully not. As Joshua ob­served, “The Lord promised to do many good things for Is­rael, and he kept his prom­ise ev­ery time.”

5 Sa­muel Keat­ing Ex­ec­u­tive Ed­i­tor

May your 2014 be filled with God’s kept prom­ises!

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