Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Guest Column - Dale Flowers

While I was away on sabbatical, my buddy, and fellow heart transplant recipient, Dale was hard at work. He just kept on "ruminating." Today, I share one of his latest articles containing his thoughts on New Years' Resolutions. Enjoy.


We welcome in the New Year with a prayer that it will be better than the past year. This is the year we will determine the direction our nation is going. Therefore, we need to make some serious resolutions.

Why bother making resolutions we will just break ? The problem is not making resolutions but the type of resolutions. A long list of resolutions is pointless. Instead, narrow it down to one resolution. Look at that long list and more often than not, there will be one resolution that will cover the others. Write it on an index card and tape it to the mirror you look at every morning. In short, make the one resolution a goal of excellence. Keep it before you all year. Concentrate on it.

In addition, put first things first. If an activity or project does not help in meeting the goal of excellence, then that activity or project is not all that important. Each morning make a list of goals for the day, in the order of importance. If only the first daily goal is met that day, the most important task was completed.

Furthermore, put aside all things that will interfere with the resolution. Don’t get side tracked. When a moment is gone, it is gone forever. Don’t shoot opportunity full of holes by killing time. Stay focused.

Pray constantly about your resolution. Keep God in the equation. God will help open doors. If a person wants to get help from the influential, the influential will probably put their own needs first. But when we seek help from God with a reasonable goal that is in accordance with God’s Word, He will help meet that goal. God will open doors if the person has sense enough to walk through them.

Do not allow fear of failure to get in the way. Those who have God working for them will succeed. Being confident and expressing confidence is not a character flaw. It is the mark of a successful person.

Now comes the hard part. The successful person will work every day as if it were the last day of their life toward their goal. Success is a two tandem road. God will do His part, but mankind must do their part. Mankind must work in tandem with God. Only then will the resolution meet with success.

Dale C. Flowers
P.O. Box 904
Hendersonville, TN 37077

"Whoever lives under the shelter of the Most High will remain in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, "You are my refuge and my fortress, my God in whom I trust. "  (Psalm 91:1-2)

"We will fight if we must when our cause is just, for this is our motto, in God is our trust." 4th stanza of  the STAR SPANGLED BANNER.
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