Friday, December 30, 2011

Time for a Fresh Start...

Christmas is's time to take the tree down, put the lights away, find a new home for those gifts, and settle in for the winter. So what's to look forward to, you ask? Lots. It's time for a fresh start. I love the new year because it feels like a chance for a "do over" or a "mulligan" as it were. It's a time to set new goals, dream new dreams, and re-evaluate. One of the things I'm most thankful for is that God is full of grace for His children.

22 Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.
23 They are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.

Lamentations 3:22-23

Many years ago I worked through a process laying a "Life-Plan." It's simply a plan I created to help make sure I'm prioritizing things correctly and living the life I feel God has called me to live. I came up with about 7 areas I wanted to be intentional about, and at the very top of the list was my relationship with Christ. How am I doing? Not as good as I'd like. My "vine-time" has suffered as life got increasingly busy this past year. So not surprisingly, most (if not all) of my "resoluting" this year will be centered around growing my relationship with Christ. It's not complicated, but it will take discipline.

Growth doesn't just happen.

My wife has a garden and I've noticed something...growth doesn't just happen. First the soil must be turned over and prepared. Then seeds must be planted. And seeds only grow with sunlight and water. Too much of one without enough of the other means poor growth and the harvest ends up being wasteful.

If I want my relationship with Christ to grow this year, I have to prepare the soil (my heart), plant the seed (His Word), and make sure it gets sunlight (prayer) and water (deeds). My goal is simple...intentional growth.

How about you? What's your "resolution" for year 2012?

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