Southern Heights Presbyterian Church

5750 South 40th Street - Lincoln, NE - 402-421-3704 Worship Sundays at 10:30

A loving and welcoming faith community located at 40th and Old Cheney Road in South Lincoln, Nebraska, Southern Heights Presbyterian Church is a member of the Presbyterian Church (USA).

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New Year, New Resolutions

It’s an annual tradition.

Every year, on December 31st, we make a list of resolutions, things that we promise ourselves or others for the coming year. We start out with lofty goals and high hopes, thinking that this year, yes this year!, will be the year that we change our lives and start fresh. We list out the things that we will and will not do...and, then every year, often as early as January 2nd, we feel like huge failures because we have ate the second slice of pie, not yet made it to the gym, caved and had the cigarette.

We give up, give in, shrug our shoulders and think...well, maybe next year.

Yes, I think that it is safe to say that the rise and fall of our New Year’s Resolutions is a time honored and well worn tradition.

But what if we thought about our New Year’s Resolutions differently? What if, instead of listing out the things that we will and won’t do, we listed the ways that we would strive to be? What if it was truly about changing our lives, instead of just our habits and patterns?

What if we simply resolved to laugh more, love fearlessly, give unconditionally? To care for ourselves the way that we care for others, and vice versa? To give ourselves the courage to dream and to dare and the grace when we make mistakes?

What would that look like? How would it, could it, change our lives?


This New Year, I invite you to join me on a journey of intentional resolutions to change our lives for the good. Join me in making resolutions of ways of being, as we look to live into who and what God has called us to be.

And may God Bless you, deeply and fully, in and into this New Year!

**Thoughts published here are mine and mine alone, and may or may not represent the thoughts or opinions of Southern Heights Presbyterian Church, Homestead Presbytery, Synod of Lakes and Prairies, or the Presbyterian Church (USA)**

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“He has told you, human one, what is good and what the Lord requires from you: to do justice, embrace faithful love, and walk humbly with your God.” — Micah 6:8 CEB