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Dec 30 2012

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New Year Resolutions

new-yearIf you have waited for the new year to make a change, to break a habit, to start a new tradition, and/or anything else than most likely it will not last if you even begin. That has certainly been my experience. But I base this off more than that, it is simple truth that change cannot be procrastinated and change that doesn’t start now is only more of the same.

So if you have decided that on January 1st you will start exercising and losing weight, you better start now. If you have decided you are going to stay in better contact with those distant relatives, you better start now. Or if you have decided to start a morning devotion routine with the Lord, you better start now! Changes that wait don’t last, no matter how great the good intentions may be.

Now, there is more to this. Change may come through personal discipline, accountability, fortitude, stubbornness, or willpower. However, lasting change that is true always starts from the inside, from the heart, and then into our thinking, and then into our living. And no one and nothing can truly change a heart but Jesus Christ.

2 Timothy 1:7, ”God’s Spirit doesn’t make cowards out of us. The Spirit gives us power, love, and self-control.”

So here’s the catch. Even if I have convinced us to make those changes now instead of waiting for a new year, all those changes we feel are right, necessary, and good… we shouldn’t do it on our own. We both need God’s involvement. Ask the Lord to do it in you. He will give you the right desires that motivate you to be healthy and exercise. He will heal that self-image. Ask the Lord to do it in you and He will inspire you to pick up your Bible each day. He will deliver you from religion, fear, or whatever it is that has hindered you. It will still take self-discipline, but even that comes from the Lord and is a fruit of the Spirit that God has given to live inside you and empower you. Ask the Lord to do it in you and He will equip you to succeed in the job He has for you. Whatever the change is that you know you want, ask the Lord before trying any implementation.

Jesus is here for us if we just lean on Him. It is no lazy thing to sit on His couch while He holds us up. Let the change originate from Him, allow Him to work it deep inside of you, and watch it change your life! Whatever you need, He is here.

So let the change begin!

And Happy New Year, friends old and new!

- Richie

“Resolution One: I will live for God. Resolution Two: If no one else does, I still will.” Jonathan  Edwards

“How few there are who have courage enough to own their faults, or resolution enough to mend them.” Benjamin Franklin

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