If the following items didn't find their way into your stocking, beneath your tree - or weren't even on your wish list to begin with, here are three purchases we recommend you budgeting for the new year:
1. One-year, chronological Bible
2. Gym membership
If eating and living healthier is one of your new year's resolutions, there's no better way to jump start that endeavor than by purposing to set aside time for daily devotion. Spiritual health is connected to total wellness, and the simple prescription for spiritual growth and development is daily prayer and reading of God's Word (the Bible).
Next, get a gym membership and incentivize yourself by paying for a year in advance- you might even get a better deal this way. Take classes, pedal away, triumph over the treadmill, shoot some hoops, tone your muscle groups. Bodily exercise may only profit a little, but that little can go a long way over a long period of time.
Lastly, if you don't have to mortgage your house, buy an iPhone. It's a great piece of technology with helpful apps including useful calendars, note pads, task lists and reminders to keep you on track with your new year's resolutions.
There's a good chance you've tried making these resolutions before, and have failed. Don't be discouraged- the best resolutions are worth keeping, and thus repeating. I like Paul's perspective, and the way he summed up his life-long purpose and daily intention:
'Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,
I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus (Phil. 3:13-14). '
HAPPY NEW YEAR!