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Saturday, December 31, 2011

Deeper Commitment in the New Year


"But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the  glory both now and forever.  Amen." 2 Peter 3:18 NKJV

It's the last day of 2011, and many people have already been thinking about their resolutions for 2012.  I don't tend to make resolutions, probably for the same reason I don't have a house cleaning schedule.  LOL!  Truthfully, since I'm all about being truthful . . . I'm not very optimistic when it comes to my ability to stick with a resolution, or a cleaning schedule.  Basically, I believe I'll fail before I even start.  Honestly, I don't like failing, so why set myself up for failure?  I know, that's not the best way to look at it.

Every year is going to be THE year that I start exercising regularly, and every year that's not the case.  It lasts for one week, maybe even six . . . and then something happens, the excuses start popping up, and then I'm back to my old ways.  This is how the scene plays out with just about everything else I say I'm going to do -- read my Bible *every* day, be more organized, meal plan, etc.  If you're anything like me, you know exactly what I'm saying.  I have the best of intentions, but then all too easily, I slip back into my old habits.

I think I've finally figured it out though.  You know, now that I'm 40 (did I mention today's my birthday!?!), I think it's finally sinking in, and I'm having that "light bulb moment."  I can't do anything without Him.

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing." John 15:5 NIV

All of my trying and striving won't get me very far.  It's only through the power of the Holy Spirit in me that I can do anything.  So for 2012, it's time to go deeper in my relationship with Christ.  It's time to grow in my knowledge and commitment to the Lord.  It's time to turn my best intentions into action.  I believe that my relationship with my Savior is the most important thing . . . it's time to start fully living what I believe.

My "One Word" for 2012 is Commitment.

God bless each of you in the New Year!