Christmas is over. The wrapping paper has been cleaned up.
Some of the presents have been examined, evaluated and are back under the tree for safe keeping; others have received batteries and are in active service.
The refrigerator is packed with leftovers, and there still are quite a few Christmas cookies at strategic locations throughout the house.
As we close out 2003, New Year's resolutions, which have been secretly gathering in the deep, dark recesses of our minds, slowly begin to take shape. What changes are in order for 2004?
I am not much of a list person, but recently I saw some one-liners that may help in the formulation of our resolutions as we set our course for the new year.
I realize we cannot live our lives by cliche, but Proverbs 25:11 does say, "A word aptly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver."
So, here is my list of "Top 20 Resolution Indicators." You may call them proverbs, one-liners or whatever else helps you in developing your direction for 2004.
I hope they will encourage you in your relationship with the God who loved you so much He gave the best gift possible.
1. Give God what's right, not what's left.
2. Man's way leads to a hopeless end. God's way leads to an endless hope.
3. A lot of kneeling will keep you in good standing.
4. He who kneels before God can stand before anyone.
5. Don't put a question mark where God puts a period.
6. When praying, don't give God instructions. Just report for duty.
7. We don't change God's message. His message changes us.
8. The church is prayer-conditioned.
9. When God ordains, He sustains.
10. WARNING: Exposure to the Son will prevent burning.
11. Most people want to serve God, but only in an advisory position.
12. Suffering from truth decay? Brush up on your Bible.
13. Exercise daily. Walk with the Lord.
14. Never give the devil a ride. He always wants to drive.
15. Nothing else ruins the truth like stretching it.
16. Compassion is difficult to give away, because it keeps coming back.
17. He who angers you, controls you.
18. Worry is the darkroom in which negatives can develop.
19. Be ye fishers of men. You catch them, and He will clean them.
20. God doesn't call the qualified. He qualifies the called.
Well, there you have it a little intellectual ammunition for help in devising the changes that may be in order for the next 12 months.
I trust your relationship with Jesus Christ has been exciting this past year. If it hasn't been, why not trust him now, as we stand on the threshold of a brand new year?
Our Savior left heaven and entered this world so we could behold his glory 365 days each year.
In Colossians 2:2-3, the Apostle Paul shares his goal when he states, "My purpose is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God namely Christ in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. ..." Now, that is intellectual ammunition!
Why not resolve to know Jesus Christ and his word a little better in 2004? It is the best avenue I can imagine to making it a happy new year.
Phil Reemtsma is pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Kenai. For more information, visit the church Web site, www.cbckenai.org.
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