2015? Is it here already?

It is difficult to believe that 2014 is coming to a close and in a few short weeks 2015 will begin. With the New Year comes new goals, new resolutions and new opportunities for greatness. For many, the New Year brings an opportunity to start fresh and start working for the lifestyle they want: less eight, better fitness, read a few more books, do more with family, etc.

As the New Year approaches, may I offer a few simple thoughts as you plan your goals (resolutions)? They are simple thoughts you do not have to wait until the New Year to begin doing; instead, you can begin these today.

  • A Proverb a Day – On Sunday morning I mentioned that Proverbs has 31 chapters and several months have at least 31 days. Take time and read a chapter of proverbs a day. (Example: on day 1 read Proverbs 1; day 2 read Proverbs 2)
  • Make Service A Priority – To really grow as a Christian, you will find that attending services will help you grow in two ways: (1) Closer to God and (2) closer to your brothers and sisters. The Hebrews writer says that brethren can “stir up one another.” (Hebrews 10:24)
  • Pray like Daniel – Reading through Daniel you find that Daniel prayed three times a day (Daniel 6:10). As a result, of Daniel’s prayer life, you see the benefits of strength. Schedule sometime to pray at least twice a day and make it a goal to achieve at least three.
  • Teach the Young Ones – From the beginning, the Lord wants us to teach the young people about Him and the riches of His blessings. Teaching the young of the blessings, begins in our daily conversations. Take a moment and read Deuteronomy 6:1- 9. Make it a goal to mention God daily.
  • Remember to Teach Others – One of the goals for every Christians should be to teach others the lifestyle of Christ. Paul mentions to Titus that the younger should teach the older in Titus 2 and this is a great pattern to learn about the walk of a mature Christian.
  • Be Thankful – As the Lord blesses us each day, let us thank Him for His continual blessings. The blessings we have come from the Father (James 1.5). Remember to thank God daily in everything He has provided. (Colossians 3:17)

Just some thoughts…

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