Pastor's Reflection - 1-6-19

There's something about a brand new year that causes us to want to start over with a clean slate. We review the past year, and we consider which areas of our lives need a fresh start. We call them "New Year's Resolutions." And if you're anything like me, you've made a million of them over the years. Most of which never really took hold. In fact, SOME of those resolutions keep recycling year after year.
In one sense, starting something afresh can be energizing. And giving something up can be cleansing. And so each year, we arrive at January 1st with a conviction that we want to turn over a new leaf - i.e., we want to get healthier, we want to lose weight, we want to eat right, we want to begin an exercise program, etc. Or we decide that January 1st is the perfect time to QUIT doing something - like smoking, drinking, cursing, etc.
Well, January 1st happened just a few days ago, and what do you think? Are you feeling just as committed as you did then? Well, the good news is that it's not too late!
But as a believer in Christ, do we really feel that the best we can do is to make a resolution to do this, or not to do that, and then fall short or give up entirely? It seems to me that we can do better. And perhaps the beginning of a new year is the perfect time to ask the Lord to help us each day to fall deeper and deeper in love with Him.
So what if our New Year's resolution this year would be to have a deeper commitment, a deeper love, and a deeper worship for the Lord? What if we were to decide to make Him our all in all? What if we were to pledge to ourselves to give Him our undivided attention in spite of all the distractions and temptations that we find around every corner? And what if Christ becomes our main focus in the coming year?
Somewhere along the line, our love for the Lord was hijacked in the past year - let's be honest. But now we have a chance for a new beginning. And don't you think this would be a great time to rekindle our love for Christ? I pray that will be our New Year's resolution this year.
Pastor Janice
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