By Teresa Neumann

Billy Graham“Live generously and God’s love will be evident in your life.”

Contemplating setting goals for 2009? The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association has some ideas: live generously, reflect all year long, and grow closer to God.

“A list of resolutions can lead to discouragement if the goals prove too difficult to maintain. After all, lasting change begins in a person’s heart—not on a numbered list or piece of paper,” writes Ann Marie Chilton for the BGEA website. “If people are generous with their time, generous with their money, and generous with their belongings, then it’s easy for others to see Christ’s love lived out through their lives. And they reap the benefits tenfold through watching joy overflow into other people’s lives. Just as God is always generous with us, so His followers should be generous with others in everything.”

“Take a moment each day to spend time in prayer. Ask God to show you the kind of person He wants you to be. It’s painful to reflect on one’s actions and then try to change for the better, but over time, self-reflection leads to wisdom. Live generously,” she concludes, “and God’s love will be evident in your life.”

As a first step toward growing closer to God in 2009, Chilton advises Christians to memorize portions of the Word of God and spend time with Him daily by setting a devotional prayer time every morning.

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