Happy New Year!
It’s that time of the year! The time when we make resolutions to make 2016 better than 2015. The time when we promise to lose a certain number of pounds. The time when we commit to a yearly Bible reading plan. Yes, the last week of the year is often a time of unbridled optimism for the following year. Some unique New Year’s resolutions I’ve seen are:
“I will drive by a fitness center at least once a week.”
“I will stop sending Facebook messages and emails to my loved ones when they are in the same room as I am!”
“I will use my treadmill for something other than a place to hang my jacket.”
“I will not sit and stare at the computer screen all day. Instead, I will make it a point to stand and stare at the screen for at least 30 minutes.”
“I will actually laugh out loud when I type ‘LOL’ to the person I am messaging with.”
Personally, my New Year’s resolution is quite simple: hear the words of Christ and put them into practice. It’s simple, but not easy. Applying the Lord’s principles to all our affairs can mean the difference between a wise builder and foolish one. What happens when we hear but don’t act?
The one who hears my words and does not put them into practice is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. The moment the torrent struck that house, it collapsed and its destruction was complete. (Luke 6:49)
May you continue to read your Bible like a committed Christian. But may you also take the words to heart, thereby affecting those in your path.
In His Name,