Sunday, January 13, 2013

"What sort of New Year’s Resolution should a Christian make?"

The practice of making New Year’s resolutions goes back over 3,000 years to the ancient Babylonians. There is just something about the start of a new year that gives us the feeling of a fresh start and a new beginning. In reality, there is no difference between December 31 and January 1. Nothing mystical occurs at midnight on December 31. The Bible does not speak for or against the concept of New Year’s resolutions. However, if a Christian determines to make a New Year’s resolution, what kind of resolution should he or she make?

Common New Year’s resolutions are commitments to quit smoking, to stop drinking, to manage money more wisely, and to spend more time with family. By far, the most common New Year’s resolution is to lose weight, in conjunction with exercising more and eating more healthily. These are all good goals to set. However, 1 Timothy 4:8 instructs us to keep exercise in perspective: “For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.” The vast majority of New Year’s resolutions, even among Christians, are in relation to physical things. This should not be.

Many Christians make New Year’s resolutions to pray more, to read the Bible every day, and to attend church more regularly. These are fantastic goals. However, these New Year’s resolutions fail just as often as the non-spiritual resolutions, because there is no power in a New Year’s resolution. Resolving to start or stop doing a certain activity has no value unless you have the proper motivation for stopping or starting that activity. For example, why do you want to read the Bible every day? Is it to honor God and grow spiritually, or is it because you have just heard that it is a good thing to do? Why do you want to lose weight? Is it to honor God with your body, or is it for vanity, to honor yourself?

Philippians 4:13 tells us, “I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.” John 15:5 declares, “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” If God is the center of your New Year’s resolution, it has chance for success, depending on your commitment to it. If it is God’s will for something to be fulfilled, He will enable you to fulfill it. If a resolution is not God honoring and/or is not in agreement in God’s Word, we will not receive God’s help in fulfilling the resolution.

So, what sort of New Year’s resolution should a Christian make? Here are some suggestions: (1) pray to the Lord for wisdom (James 1:5) in regards to what resolutions, if any, He would have you make; (2) pray for wisdom as to how to fulfill the goals God gives you; (3) rely on God’s strength to help you; (4) find an accountability partner who will help you and encourage you; (5) don’t become discouraged with occasional failures; instead, allow them to motivate you further; (6) don’t become proud or vain, but give God the glory. Psalm 37:5-6 says, “Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.”

Saturday, January 5, 2013

My First Individual Top10 trophies!

7th in half marathon, Setia Alam
Ever since I started joining road running races way back in 2006, winning a trophy or just achieving a Top10  position in individual races never happened. Why? Cos I'm not fast enough...I'm slow...never a competitive material.  Top10 is just a dream.

I still remember in 2006/7, finishing top100 was my target as medals were limited then. It was a good way to encourage people to "fight" for a medal.

From then on, I saw my position rolling down...top100...top75...top50...

Finally! Year 2012, position tumbled down to Top10 with trophies!!Yahoo!!!!!

8th in 12km run, Klang

There were a few events I finished Top10 but trophies were for Top5.  Boo hoo hoo! :(

One thing I must remember is that not all the fast legs were there and that's how I finished Top10. HAHAHA!

If they joined, I'm usual.

In the most recent race, Larian Tahun Baru 1Malaysia on 31Dec2012 where top3 prizes were RM3,000 , RM2,000 and RM1,000 with consolation RM500, it was swept by national runners!

Highest paid 7km race ever!

Where did I stand?


Yup, I'm still way behind the Top10 runners. My time was 28:12 while no.10 was 24++
I'm still 1km behind when he finished.

Champion clocked 23:40!!!

For now, when elites & fast legs run, my target is Top20  :)

Thursday, January 3, 2013


Year 2012 went by in a flash...maybe a few flashes to some and today, we are in the 3rd day of 2013.

Any changes?

Just some numbers I guess...workwise target numbers getting higher, our age getting higher, our credit card charges also higher meaning our bank account balance getting lower! Heck! That will make our blood pressure higher! Not good!

But one thing for sure which I'm going to like is my running times... so that position will be lower. Hahaha!

Going up...coming down...what's yours?

Happy New Year!

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