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Make Habits, Not Resolutions
I wasn’t going to do it again this year, but I did. At the beginning of each year I write a list of things I want to accomplish. Reading the lists from past years they all look pretty much the same. Thus, I thought, why bother? But I did write a short list, and surprisingly it is not identical to my past lists. You can find the list at the end of the post.
This Sunday, January 8, we begin again our study of BELIEVE. The first section was entitled “Think” and presented 10 core beliefs of Christianity. The section we begin this Sunday is entitled “Act” and covers 10 core practices of the Christian life. As we will discover, these are not suggestions with which one can pick and choose. The choice to be made is whether or not one will follow Jesus. Once that decision is made one begins the lifelong process of discovering how to live as his disciple.
The beginning of a new year is the perfect time to begin such a study since many of us are already thinking about our lifestyles and choices. Resolutions are good, but habits are better. For the next 10 weeks we will be discussing habits that help us in our desire to become more like Jesus. To get you started here are three habits you can commit to do for the next 10 weeks:
- Read the assigned chapter before coming to church.
- Join a Bible class to gain a deeper understanding of the material.
- Participate in a Connection group where you can work with others on living what you are learning.
Now, about my personal list of things to accomplish this year:
- Read 30 books. (Ok, so I write that every year.)
- Finish the book I’m writing on one way to pray the Psalms.
- Get to know our new members at church and those who are regular guests.
I’m looking forward to 2017. May God bless us as we put him first in our lives privately as well as corporately.