Happy New YOU!


Folks always wait for a new year to make life changes. We vow to improve our health by exercising and eating better, we also make promises to quit bad habits like smoking, wasting time and procrastinating. Many of these well thought intentions are planned, talked about and then forgotten by January 15th. Throughout the year, we make our changes on Mondays. It is difficult for many of us to keep to our promises because change involves going against our nature. Our human nature wants easy, casual, and temporary but immediate pleasures. We have to become determined and motivated to make changes that need to be made. I personally want to do what is “right” every day and make an attempt but sometimes nature takes over. Paul had the same problem when he wrote in Romans 7:18 “I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out”. I find comfort in the fact that others have the same struggle.
There is a way to deal with our human struggles and desires. God provides a way for us to live freely according to the plan He created for us. We have the choice. “And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again. So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come” (2 Corinthians 5: 15-17). The great thing about God’s mercy is that it is new every morning (every moment right when it’s needed). Our dilemma occurs when we first of all don’t have a relationship with God and secondly when our relationship is weak. Just like we can’t really know our spouse unless we spend time with him or her; we can’t know God unless we spend time daily with Him. Paul’s struggle was the hardest when he thought about his own situation instead of the promises of God. Ours is the same. Just like every breath we take, every moment we need to reflect (have in mind) the goodness of God and His promises that are alive in us. My favorite is Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight” .
Read “Empty Your Bottle” by Lily Fields to get rid of bitterness you may not know is there. I will be painful but you will be better for it.

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