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Things you should do before the end of the year

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Do you remember when you were in elementary school and the teacher asked a couple of students to clean the chalkboard every day before leaving school so the board could be nice and clean when you returned the next day?

Before you go into the new year, you should clean up certain things so you can go into the new year with a clean slate. So what should you do these last days of the year?

Forgive others
Forgive anyone you have an ought against, and accept forgiveness from anyone who has brought hurt and harm into your life. Take no unforgiveness into the new year. Wipe all unforgiveness so you will have a clean board.

Unclutter your life
Clean your house, your office, your car and your life. Toss out anything that is broken. Do not take a cluttered life into the new year.

Repair and restore relationships
Wouldn't it be nice if you could repair relationships now so you and those you care about can go into the new year with a clean slate? If you are involved in a broken relationship with any family member or friend, repair that relationship and restore it so all parties can enjoy the holidays and go into the new year with a peaceful heart.

Make restitution
You do not have to wait until the new year to make resolutions for what you want to change. Instead of waiting to make a resolution, make restitution now for any damage you have caused your family, friends, co-workers or others. Get things straight before you go into the new year.

Honor your vows
Do not go into the new year with unfulfilled vows you have made to others. If at all possible, do you what said you would do. Keep the promises you have made to others. Honor your contracts. Renew any covenant you have made with God. Don't keep making promises without keeping them. The Bible says, "It is better not to vow than to make a vow and not fulfill it" (Ecclesiastes 5:5).

Take inventory of your life
Reflect on how your life has been going this year. Evaluate what went right and what went wrong. Set goals and establish priorities. You do not have to wait until the new year comes in to begin making adjustments. You can determine what you need to do now.

Go into the new year with a clean slate so you will be ready to make a fresh start. Don't wait until you get into the new year and discover you should have cleaned your chalkboard the day before.

Pray the prayer David prayed as you come to the end of the year and prepare to go into the new year:

"Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me." (Psalm 51:10)

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