The new year always brings on much reflection looking back at the events that sculpted our lives over the past 12 months and of course, each new year brings resolutions…
Reflecting on the past year, we find ourselves isolating the outcome of specific areas of our lives we are confident we can control.
Then comes the pledge to pay closer attention to the issue. Then comes a forgetful mind, or a late night at the office, or a weak moment, or a simple dip into the pond of ungodliness…
Why people sin is debatable. However, the act of repeating the exact same sin over and over involves a systematic psychological condition not embraced by God or other Christians.
Why make resolutions then if we are most likely to break them? Because we are dreamers, and unable to predict the future of the late nights at work, or getting stuck in traffic with a crying baby. We resolute in pure defience of the Lord!
Pray that God will be kind, patient, unconditionally loving and gracefully forgiving to you and those around you. Know that this year’s success rate is measured in attitude rather than money, or fame, or mutual funds.
This year there will be good times, and bad times. There will also be great times and moments. How we react to each little thing that life throws our way dictates the kind of year we will have.
I had a spectacular 2004. I hope and pray 2005 will be even more phenomenal but find myself filled with shame when thinking of the loss of life is south Asia and the disaster caused by the Christmas Tsunami. Remember to pray for the ones who passed and those who survive them.
So go for it! Set goals if you need to. One of your goals or resolutions should be ‘always react with an attitude that’s Christ like’. This is not a resolution you want to break.
We thank you for looking after us,
After our families, our friends
And thank you Lord for our homes,
For our lives, and for our relationship with you.
Lord God we pray you will strengthen us this new year
And guide us to shine as you would
When we are tested, when we are weak
Most of all when we are tempted.
God we pray you will continue to look after us
And provide all we need to serve you in this life
So we can rejoice with you in the next
As you have told us throughout time.
God we love you and thank you for all that surrounds us!
This message was written by Daniel St.Pierre