Screen shot 2013-12-30 at 11.57.57 AMI would consider myself a HUGE advocate for college age people. I think my track record would show that.

That said, I thought I might throw out a few things (with a bit of sarcastic tone behind them) that college aged people might consider including in their 2014 New Year Resolutions.

Hopefully you can laugh with me on this one:

  1. I will stop considering my jeans clean simply because I put them in the dryer with a dryer sheet.
  2. I will start washing my sheets before I can see the dirt ring where I lay down.
  3. I will think twice and consider what I am saying about myself before I post/tweet “selfies.”
  4. I will stop stalking my old high school friends Facebook pages so I can judge their life decisions.
  5. I will stop making romantic decisions with the 13-year-old part of my brain.
  6. I will stop using Emoji’s to cover up my lack of ability to articulate emotions in words.
  7. I will stop spending money as if it grows on my bed – that my parents bought me.
  8. I will stop calling in sick to work simply because I hung out with friends until 4:00 a.m.
  9. I will hit “snooze” less – maybe 2-3 times maximum.
  10. I will stop spending all my free-time managing my social networks and then complaining that I’m too busy.

Happy New Year!



Change is something that we all long for but not many of us choose to do what it takes to see it happen. We continue to live comfortable even if it means we are miserable rather than shake things up a bit and live the life God intended for us to live, a life full of abundance! John 10:10 mentions both of these kinds of lives, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.”

Decide: What are you taking back?
First, you need to decide what are you taking back from the thief? Has he stolen your joy, your intimacy with the Creator of the universe, your drive? You may have never gotten a chance to see what he stole from you or maybe you use to thrive in what he has stolen; whatever it is that he has, it is time to decide it is yours and you want it back!

Take action
Now that you’ve decided what you are taking back, it is time to take action. To take action, you need to have a plan. To go without a plan, is like shooting without aiming; yeah, you took a shot but you missed too. Figure out what you need to do to take it back and write down the steps you’ve got to take to get there. Look back at them from time to time as a reminder and to track progress. Just remember, the little steps are just as important as the big ones.

Show yourself grace
When you decide to make a change in your life, you will make mistakes. Remember to show yourself grace and forgive yourself for the small and not so small mistakes. The more understanding and forgiving you are of your downfalls, the more you learn from them and the quicker you progress.

Go you! For deciding to take back your life.

Ashley Fordinal is the Children’s Church volunteer at Family Life Church in Sulphur Springs, TX.

Finished up a little book on the airplane on the way out to plan the Simply Youth Ministry Conference this week. One Word (That Will Change Your Life) by Jon Gordon, Dan Britton and Jimmy Page is a simple book that is a perfect read here at the beginning of the New Year. The book is a short read- literally took me 44 minutes but has a chance to profoundly impact your focus each year. Instead of a resolution to start 2013, the book challenges you to start your year in reflection, prayer and a search for a word that will define you in the 365 days ahead. I had so much fun with this little twist on the typical beginning of the year process. I’ll write more about the word I chose a little later in the week. Loved it!