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January 2, 2018, 3:20 PM

January 03, 2018

“For it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill His good purpose.” Philippians 2:13

     It is the beginning of a new year.  Most people tend to look back at the past year and remember the difficult times rather than thanking God for the blessings.  When we look at the past year do we see areas that need improvement?  The beginning of the year is a great time to ask ourselves some tough questions.  Consider the difficult times from the previous year.  Were there some bad decisions that led to the difficult times?  If so, how can those issues be corrected?  A very well-known quote says this: “Those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it”.  There are those who seem to repeat the same bad decisions over and over and continually suffer difficult circumstances.

     In our culture, we are usually taught that failure is always a bad thing.  However, failure can actually be a good friend to us.  It is through failure that we learn very important life lessons.  We are oftentimes able to learn much more from our failures than from our successes.  The new year is a great time to seek and examine God’s purpose for our life.  Ralph Waldo Emerson asked the question: “What is my job on the planet?  What is it that needs doing, that I know something about, that probably won’t happen unless I take responsibility for it?”  As a Christian, we must ask a similar question.  What is God’s job for me on this planet? 

     One of the most wasteful experiences would be to live without understanding our need for Jesus and without real purpose and direction in life.  Proverbs 29:18 says, “where there is no vision, the people perish”.  Too many today, especially Christians, are running for the sake of running with no clear, concise purpose or goal.  For most of us, the beginning of the year is a good time to slow down, spend more time with God and His Word, and seek to understand the purpose for which He has called us.  Living recklessly will move us away from God, away from the purpose He has for us, and into difficult times and places we do not need to experience.  There is a great reason for your place on this planet!  However, the only way to realize it and understand it is through a growing relationship with our Heavenly Father.  May this be the year that you understand God’s concise purpose for your life and continue the journey of obedience in fulfilling His plan.  Happy New Year!

                                                                                                                                                      We love you,

                                                                                                                                                      Brad and Virginia


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