new year wisdom

01/02/2007   |   Uncategorized    |       |    0 Comment

so often, at the end of a year and the beginning of a new year, I spend time developing elaborate spreadsheets of “new schedules” to keep me focused, faith goals, “to-dos” and big ideas… this year God has challenged me to make the “main thing” living wisely (Ephesians 5:15-20) instead of my normal routine.  he has exhorted me to make sure I’m using my time wisely by concentrating on “buying up” opportunities to do good.  my new desire for the new year is to use every chance I get to do good… secondly, I have been challenged to go deeper in understanding God’s will for my life by committing to the Scriptures in order to determine what God wants me to do this year.  so much of my new year planning in the past had been about me and what I wanted out of the new year.  this year, it’s about his will.  Lastly, I am compelled into the new year with an earnest heart that desires to be controlled by the Holy Spirit… instead of being controlled by everything but God, I desire to confront my flesh, selfish desires, ego and my responses to public opinion in order to yield more to the prerogative of God.  may you take some time before the new year cranks up to get a game plan…  if you are interested, I invite you to hear the sermon:  Living Wisely in the New Year.

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