It’s another NewYear, usually the time we reflect on everything that happened the previous year and do these things called resolutions. We know the usual, I”m going to lose weight, I’m going to save more money and this and that. The thing is that very few of us see them through or give a serious effort in the first place. My wife and I taught the lesson in children’s church at our church this past Sunday and while we hope the kids learned a valuable lesson, we certainly did. Part of the reason why I stopped doing resolutions many years ago is that I wouldn’t see the results I wanted, or they weren’t happening fast enough. Much of it was impatience, much was simply laziness but there’s one thing me or my wife, who I’m sure would agree, have been failing to do and that is putting God first.
One of the lessons we taught in children’s church used a poster and Pop Tarts as a metaphor. We asked the little Biblical scholars what had to be done to produce a warm Pop Tart. Some answered unwrap the Pop Tarts, others said to put them in the toaster, others said to pull the handle down, and all were right. the correct answer though was to plug the toaster in. Even when you do everything else, unless there is a power source, nothing will happen. We came to understand that it’s the same thing in life. Resolving to lose weight, to save money, to accomplish a certain goal or whatever else you can think of to improve yourself, you have to believe in something bigger than yourself to really see it through and this year, we intend to do just that. Before going to work today, I said my prayers as I usually do but I also made it a point to spend time with God before starting my day and work and it certainly set the right tone for my day. It’s only January 2nd but I am more than confident that progress is coming for all of 2018.
2017 was a trying year for all of us but especially for me. I lost my beloved Grandma in January of last year (I blogged about it) and I lost my uncle who was the patriarch of our family just last month. The year as a whole has been a roller coaster ride and as blessed and thankful that I am, I’d rather not go through another year like that.While it would not have prevented my grandmother and uncle’s passings, putting God first in every other aspect of my life would have made it much more tolerable overall. It certainly would have made a difference in my finances and my relationships with my wife and sons. many do not believe in the power of prayer but I can honestly say that it has worked for me when I’ve exercised it consistently and faithfully.
So I only have one resolution for 2018 and that is to stay plugged in with God and his word. I’m looking forward to the next 11 months already! Happy New Year family, Let’s all enjoy the ride!