New Years Resolutions for The Church


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I propose the following New Year’s resolutions for The Church for 2016:

“The Church” means the entire body of Christians worldwide.

  • We will feed the hungry and give drink to the thirsty. (Matthew 25:35)

    We will support and volunteer for organizations whose mission is to provide for the poor. They may provide food, shelter, education, medical care or other needs.

  • We will welcome the stranger.  (Matthew 25:35)

    We will welcome strangers into our communities and into our churches and help them in any way we can.

  • We will clothe the naked. (Matthew 25:36)

    We will put a stop to human trafficking. We will not tolerate those who perpetrate it nor the industries that support and encourage it. We will make our local churches sanctuaries for those who are being held captive; a place where they can get assistance, resources, and protection.

    We will partner with organizations who are already serving this purpose and provide them financial assistance and manpower as well as invite them to educate our congregations.

  • We will visit the sick and prisoners. (Matthew 25:36)   

    We will have a system in place for caring for the sick in our local churches and greater communities in any way possible.

    We will parter with and encourage our congregations to support and participate in prison ministry.

  • We will care for orphans and widows. (James 1:27)

    We will financially, emotionally, and materially support adopting and foster families and encourage more people to pursue adoption and foster care.

    We will sponsor children and support economic empowerment programs so that children are not surrendered simply because their families lack the ability to provide.

    We will consider orphan hosting programs and support those who choose to host.

  • We will treat others the way we want to be treated. (Matthew 7:12, Luke 6:31)  We will love our neighbors as ourselves. (Matthew 22:39, Mark 12:31, Luke 10:27)

    This sums up all of the above resolutions. We will treat ALL people the way we want to be treated and love ALL of our neighbors.

  • Most important of all: We will love God with all our heart, soul, and mind. (Matthew 22:36, Mark 12:30, Luke 10:27)

    This will give us the desire to do all of the above. God will provide the ability.

Yes, our churches do these things already. My proposal is that we do MORE. That we give and serve abundantly. That we create sustainable change and help without hurting. That we create and maintain strong communities in our local churches and areas so that we can leverage our abilities to achieve the most good. I believe that some of the issues in the world today could be significantly improved if Christians would work together and each do as much as they are able to do.

These suggestions aren’t so that The Church will look great in the eyes of the world. They aren’t to be able to toot our own horn or be prideful. They are because this is what Jesus told us to do.

Matthew 6:1-4 Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven.

  Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

Finally: Because I also need to stretch myself and do as much as I can for each of these, I will be starting a new series on Wednesdays focusing on helping in these areas. Check in this Wednesday for more on this and the first post of the series “Giving Back Wednesdays.”

2016 Resolutions for The Church

How will you contribute to achieving these resolutions? Let me know in the comments! 

2016 Social Media Pledge

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It is time to regain some etiquette and consideration for others. It is time to make the internet a nice place to communicate. It is time to stop letting it cause division and discord and create a place of encouragement and inspiration. We can do this! Will you join me in my efforts to create change?

 

My 2016 Social Media Pledge

I will be KIND and THINK about what I am about to say/type (is it True, Helpful, Informative, Necessary, Kind-most importantly kind?). I will only post something if it is at least 2 of those things, and always as kind as possible. 

I will remember that some conversations are better had in person in the context of an established relationship, and some things simply don’t need to be shared. 

I will avoid posting things that are unnecessarily inflammatory or judgmental. 

I will practice common sense and critical thinking. 

I will just keep scrolling. (Make like Dori!) I won’t engage in debate.

I will realize that I don’t understand every part of someone else’s position and refrain from judging what I don’t understand.

I will seek to understand opinions contrary to mine better by listening, researching, and building relationships with those I don’t agree with. Social media pledge

I will realize that I only see a small part of someone’s life on social media and their positions are likely influenced by things I am unaware of and/or can’t fully understand.

I will not feel the need to correct everything everyone posts-even if they are wrong. I will keep my opinion to myself if it was not asked for. 

I will not attack the PERSON no matter how much I disagree with their opinions or ideas.

I won’t take things personally, (Make like Elsa) even when others attempt to make them personal.

I will remind myself that posts that are contrary to my opinions or beliefs, even if inflammatory, do not need a response. Generally such posts are not aimed directly at me. I cannot make everyone happy, nor will everyone agree with me. I do not need to be concerned with what others think of me.

I will ignore inflammatory posts. Don’t feed the trolls.

BE POSITIVE

I will focus on the positive, build others up, encourage, and compliment. If I can’t do one of these I will scroll on by.

I will think about what I would like someone to say to me and then I will say that to someone else.

I will not feel the need to disclose every detail of my life online. Some things need to be kept private

I will remember Grandma’s rules:

If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all. You attract more flies with honey. Treat others the way you want to be treated.  Think before you speak.

I will speak to others online the way I would speak to their face; better yet, the way I would want to be spoken to.

I will be the change I want to see. 

Will you take the pledge and join me in changing the internet? Comment below and let me know!