A Passage and A Prayer 12/31/18

If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God (Colossians 3:1-3).

Stop smoking.  Start exercising.  Eat better.  Read more.  Take a vacation.  Give to charity.  Find new friends.  Lose extra weight.  Have a positive attitude.  Be on time.

And the list goes on and on and on.

Good intentions!

It is amazing how we believe that the simple turn of the calendar page will suddenly (even miraculously) bring about an entirely new attitude and fortitude. 

We desire to better ourselves.  We want to be healthier and happier.  So we set resolutions.  We establish goals.  We charge into the New Year with new excitement, new determination, new hopes.

Studies show that 80% of New Year’s resolutions fail by February.

Perhaps, a better place to start is in our relationship with the Lord.  Before we can better ourselves, we need to understand who we are through Christ.  It is important to discover why God created us, why we are here on earth, why we have relationships, where we are going in this world, where we are going when our journey in this world is completed.

New Year’s resolutions are not bad.  However, it is important for us to understand that there is nothing magical about a New Year.  It is even more important for us to know that the effectiveness of our lives is dependent on our relationship with the Lord.

When making resolutions, let’s begin with our connection to the Lord.  Let’s resolve to worship on a regular basis, to read the Word daily, to pray often.  These are the tools to a life of purpose and meaning.

A blessed New Year waits us as we worship the Lord and serve Him with all our heart, soul and mind.

Compassionate Lord, give to me the joy of knowing who I am because of Your grace and mercy.  Give me the desire to worship you, the thirst to be in Your Word and the joy of being fervent in prayer.  Bless me through this coming year that I may be a blessing to many others. In Jesus’ name I pray.  Amen.