Today's Devotional Thought
January 02, 2014 by Rachel Piferi
A New Year: More Than an Idea
I originally posted this devotion at the beginning of 2013. And, I really like the focus on commitment in it. And, as we start this year, I am posting it again. As you are preparing for growth in 2014, may you truly be committed to do the work that may be required to accomplish your goals...
It has been a nice Christmas holiday and during this time of the holiday break, I always start thinking about what I want to work on in the next year. As I have gotten older, my New Year's Resolutions have changed from vague ideas of things I would like to happen to more concrete action plans for what I plan to work on with the Lord.
Every single one of us has areas of our lives that we want to improve. And, for me, these areas go beyond just saying I want to lose weight or exercise more or saying I want to spend more time on this or that.
They are real areas that require real action. Real commitment. Real prayer. And a very real God to conquer them.
You see, as I have grown in the Lord, I have become so very aware of the power God has over the areas of my life that need his touch. And, I have become so very aware of the work that many of these areas require from me, if I am going to experience victory in them.
As I have lived and talked with others, I have realized that so often we like the idea of change, but we simply are not committed enough to work hard for that change.
We like the idea of having a good marriage, but we are not willing to really work for it by praying daily with our husbands and forgiving offenses and truly serving within our homes in love.
We like the idea of having good friendships and relationships with others, but we are not willing to really work for them by putting aside selfishness and being generous with others and thinking of our friends' needs above our own.
We like the idea of a good relationship with the Lord, but we are not willing to really put in the time to pray and read His Word daily and study the Bible.
Today, as you are thinking about the things you would like in your life and the changes you would like to see in 2014, please take time to think about the work that those changes will require. And prayerfully, ask the Lord to guide you and strengthen you to do what is required to see the changes you desire.
New Year's Resolutions are good. But friends, please know that they will require work. Don't just like the idea of change. Do the work that is required to see the change.