(Fresh Ideas For The New Year was originally published 3 Jan 16 but inadvertently left off of Blogger. )
Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead. Philippians 3:13
A new year provides new ways to get a brand new start on life. It is a good breaking point of sorts to start fresh with things you maybe want to change or accomplish. Perhaps it is cleaning out the attic, losing weight,writing or calling your parents more, trying a new activity, going back to school.
Whatever it is, why not get alone with God and formulate a plan? Of course plans are always subject to change, but maybe try to commit to start out and complete a task. This would be a good way to get your spiritual life charged up as well. Not just the "I will read through the entire Bible" although admirable. A fresh start to maybe read your Bible purposefully daily. Join or start a Bible study. Get in a prayer group. Start attending a dynamic church where the word of God is not compromised. Start journaling. Fill your mind with great praise and worship songs instead of listening to other things on the radio. There are many ways you can make a start to grow in Christ.
Take a moment and just think what you could do to get closer to Jesus and God in 2016.
PRAYER: Lord I want to know you more and better. Many excuses always pop up when I try to do something to get closer to you Lord so help me recognize those as attacks from Satan to take me away from you. In Jesus' name. Amen.