31st December 2011

The Only Resolution Worth Making This New Year

“And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; … but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”
Joshua 24:15 (KJV)

This is the time of year, traditionally, when we look over the past twelve months and assess our lives. What did we go through? What did we achieve? And if we had setbacks, what did we learn? 

It’s good to have goals and direction to our lives; as Winston Churchill said “He who fails to plan is planning to fail”.  I’ve had a goal the past few years to read through the Bible chronologically to get to know God better and to understand more of what He has done for me and His will for me and there’s no better way of knowing God’s will than to read His word daily.  But sometimes, as with TV programmes, if the week is too hectic, I’ve caught up with the omnibus edition on the weekend! The key is just not to give up. 

The overwhelming theme to the Bible is one of Love; God’s love for us and how He wants us to be like Him – full of love.  One of the ways to do that is by “bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5); and by filling our mind with good thoughts:  “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” (Philippians 4:8) 

Most of us live in a world full of freedom to do as we please; why won’t we choose life?  And God?  And love? 

Thank you, Father, for giving us a new year, every year, where we can start afresh – yet we don’t have to wait for January, we have a chance daily to assess our lives and start afresh each day, choosing to seek you and your way of life which is the way of love.  In Jesus’ name.

Study by Jackee Brown

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