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A Time for Renewal

I’ve never been much on New Year’s resolutions, but I believe in the reset associated with the start of a new year.

In Romans 12, verses 1 & 2 Paul tells us, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” (NIV)

The start of a new year is a good time to test our mindsets against the backdrop of Psalms 139:23-24 (I like the KJV here); “Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”

Never be so arrogant that you cannot look at your own ways, recognize your blunders, seek forgiveness, then be transformed by the renewing of your mind.

You do not serve in the roll of protection because you are the perfect model of law and order and process. If such a thought has taken root in your brain, you need to get that dislodged. Pride is warned against many times and in many ways throughout the scripture. Search it out. My favorite scripture on pride is Proverbs 16:18; “Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.”

No, you serve in the roll of protection because you care about the safety and well-being of your friends and family.


Think About it

You can’t serve better than you live. You haven’t lived without fault (if you have, call me and let me know your secret. I’d really like to know).

Use this time of the start of a new year to search your heart and renew your mind. Be humble about it before God.

Then, as David did in 2 Samuel 12:20-23, get up, take a bath, comb your hair, reconnect your spiritual life, and make your statements. Then (verses 24-25) do the things you need to do in your personal life.

Then, may your new year be like verses 26-31. Kick tail and take names.

Happy New Year!

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