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Before you make that resolution!!!




My friend Kimberly announced that she had started a diet to lose some pounds she had put on recently.

“Good!” I exclaimed. “I’m ready to start a diet too. We can be dieting buddies and help each other out. When I feel the urge to drive out and get a burger and fries, I’ll call you first.”

“Great!” she replied. “I’ll ride with you.”



Yes, it is that night many of us decide that we’re going to turn over a new leaf. Leave some things behind. Pick up a hobby. Drop a few pounds. Save some cash. Invest in our future. Stop smoking, drinking, eating McD’s hamburgers, watching so much TV or say not to time consuming internet browsing. Some of us are starting some things. Reading a good book. Daily walks. More of a prayer life. Eating healthier. Spending more time with family. Etc. Etc. Etc.


Did you notice something about the list above? God was in the middle of the list. He was an item on the list. He was bullet point number 13…if I counted correctly. Is there something wrong with that? Well, let’s ask Him. Here’s the question to ask Him…and it’s hard to ask and a bit revealing, “Do you think you’re number one in my life?”


That is a hard question to ask the creator of the universe. It’s hard because we know the answer. Come on now…bullet point 13. God wants to be the top and only thing…because you can put all those other things as sub points under Him. From our standpoint, it needs to be all about Him and His plan for us. From His standpoint…it’s all about us. He can help us with all of those things because they either have a part in His plan for our life or they don’t. Could it be that simple?


The section of Scripture that Steve pulled out for this week’s sermon is a very cool little reading. It’s about the only “picture” we get of how Jesus grew up. We can assume a ton from this little window of insight. He grew. He grew up. He grew in wisdom. He grew in favor with God and man. His focus was on His father for everything in His life. He knew who held the plan for His life. Can this be the example for us to follow? Yes! 🙂


Do you think Jesus has an idea about healthy eating? Do you think Jesus has an idea about how to budget money? Do you think Jesus knows about habits and practices and addictions that are harmful to our body? Do you think Jesus has an opinion about what we watch on all the screens in our homes? Hmmm…get closer to Him, get better at all those things! By golly I think we’ve figured something out. Focus on the important thing and the other things will more easily fall into place.


Does this mean that if we devote 1 hour more to reading the Bible everyday that He’s going to magically say, “Hocus Pocus!” and all of our problems will go away? No. But it might mean that if we simply say, “Jesus, show me what to do…I’m willing now,” He might just show us. In fact, lets take those words ‘just might’ out of the last sentence and say that He’s promised to. There are the promises of peace, of a full life, of becoming a citizen in the Kingdom.


I think the big point is…are we willing to turn it all over to Him and ask Him the hard question, “Jesus, what do you want me to do or stop doing?” When we get there…I think all of our grand new year’s resolutions will fall into place.


Is it bad to have a new year’s resolution? Absolutely not. Is it worth it in the long run if Jesus isn’t involved in our new resolve to do something…no it’s not. With Him we can do anything…without Him…well, you can finish that sentence. Is this easy? No. It takes work. It takes resolve. It will take hard decisions and it will take saying ‘no’ to many things. Can you do it? Absolutely!


Here’s where many people ask me, “Ok, this is what I want. Where do I start?” I know of two things that you can’t do without when trying to get closer to God. Simply talking to Him and reading His word. The next thing would be to try to pay closer attention to those small whispers that occur every time you make a decision. They are there. You just might not be able to hear them yet.


Jesus grew in wisdom, in stature, and in favor with God and man. The favor with man was a result of of His living according to God’s daily plan. The favor with God part was a daily decision. Step one. Ask God to help you do what would make Him happy.


Love, Serve, Spread the WORD,


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