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PSALMS 17:1515 As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness.

I have been going back and looking at some of the New Year's Resolutions I have made in the past 15 years (yes...I am one of THOSE people who make lists and actually hang on to them for years!) I'm thinking about sending them in to Reader's Digest for publication; (in the comic section)! As I read over the pages (and pages and pages) of resolutions, I thought, "Wow...if I had only accomplished half of these goals I would be nearly perfect by now (not to mention very rich)! I then asked myself two questions: 1) Why did I set such unrealistic goals for myself year after year and, 2) Why hadn't I accomplished these goals. I have come to the conclusion that I must not like who I am very much!

Some of the things I had resolved to do would have been completely out of character for me. They would have CHANGED who I am. For example: almost every year I had resolved to start getting up earlier and having a morning devotion before I began my day instead of waiting until night when the day was over. Now that is not a bad idea, as a matter of fact, it is a great idea... it's just not a great idea for ME. I am NOT a morning person. I get up around 6:30 but I'm not fully functional until about four hours and two pots of coffee later. The older I get, the more I am discovering that it is very difficult to change an inborn nature, so why start now? I am usually at my best at night, so that is when I should spend my time with God. He deserves my best (such as it is)!

Another resolution that caught my eye was to have a "Homes And Gardens" house. That one sent me off into gales of laughter. (I was in my twenties and very naive when I wrote that)! Now don't get me wrong, my house is not what you'd call really dirty (at least not where you can see anyway) but really...HOMES AND GARDENS??? Totally unchacteristic. So why do we make such resolutions? I'm sure we all have at one time or another (whether you will admit it or not)! We surely do not like who we are. Then comes the question: "what can we do about it"? Well, I discovered something as I read these pages taken from my "fantasy" life. The reason I didn't accomplish my goals is because they were too hard, too unrealistic, and uncharacteristic. (Face it, I can't see myself getting up before 6 a.m., even to go to a sale!) Did I really dislike the person I had become so much that I wanted to completely change who I am?

A child once asked me if I thought it was a sin to want to be someone else. In all honesty I had to answer, "no". I believe everyone has wished to be someone else at some time in their life. Maybe someone more glamorous or perhaps wealthier. We should be comfortable being who we are, but we should never be completely satisfied with our lives. We need to always be striving to be better, wiser, and closer to God. I made a list of all my friends, neighbors, and family members close to my age. Then I went through the list and wrote down "the good, the bad, and the ugly" about each one. Praise God! When I was finished, I realized that there was not a single person on my list I wanted to change places with! Try making your own list of people you know and see what you come up with. It truly was an eye opener for me.

How long has it been since you have taken a good look at your life's goals? It is a proven fact that people who make resolutions on January first have usually fallen off the proverbial wagon by the third week in January...and here we are! It is great to make those resolutions at the beginning of a New Year but perhaps this would be a good time to take inventory again. Are you making any progress toward your goals yet? Are you closer to God than were last year? Are you making changes for the better, or for the worse? Everyone has room for improvement, but remember, you must learn to like being who you are. Until you can be comfortable being you, you will never be completely happy!

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I am who I am
Tho' I'm not satisfied with me.
But if I'm not who I am,
Then who can I be?
I must be myself,
But, Dear Lord, I pray,
Make me wiser and better
With each passing day.

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Are you happy with what you see in the mirror each day? Even if there are some things that you would like to change, you need to learn to be comfortable with who you are. I'm not saying you shouldn't try to become a better person, just be sure to set reasonable goals and work toward one of them a little each day.


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