NEW YEAR IS HERE

All of the Thanksgiving and Christmas events are over. Who knows whats around the bend for this fresh new year.

 
This first day of the new year is usually full of resolutions with hopes of making a better you or a better life!
Plans are made for new work-out schedules, careers and school goals, hopes for better relationships, saving money, losing weight, learning better habits. There are so many resolutions a person can make and break this year!

I know for myself, I would love to turn into an early morning person, and get more things done, such as exercise or write,  before dropping Sarrah off at school and then heading to work myself. I’d love to memorize a few verses a month of the Bible. Spend more time on relationships. Incorporate healthier habits into my life.
In the Bible, Jesus was asked, what is the greatest commandment?

Matthew 22:35 - 40
35 One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: 36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”

37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’[c] 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

It came to me…that's the greatest resolution a person can make for the year - to love the Lord God with all their heart, soul and mind, and then to love their neighbor as they love themselves!

What would this world look like, if people made that, for their New Year’s resolution? What would your world look like?

Jesus also said:
Matthew 6:25 - 34

25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life[e]?

28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Jesus tells us not to worry about all the other “stuff” because he will take care of it. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness.
Seriously with all of the distractions that come our way and all of the problems that can build up during one day, it can be hard to seek Him first. It seems easier to bite and chew on the problems, the wants, and the needs.

But Jesus said not to worry, and to love God with all of your heart, mind and soul and then to love your neighbor. It definitely takes faith to do this, whether life has thrown you a curve, or your life is GOOD just the way it is and you think you are doing really well living it your way.
I think it’s an awesome resolution no matter what a person’s life is like.

So how about making it your resolution, I know I’m going too.   
I hope you do too!

 

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