2014 has ended and 2015 has begun: time for new year resolutions! I usually make the same cliché resolutions. You know: eat better, exercise more, blah blah, etc. And like a lot of people I generally make my resolutions known, except for spiritual ones. Why? Is it out of shame? Fear of being made fun of or scoffed at? Or is it because of our society telling me that religion is offensive and to keep it to yourself? I don’t know, but not this year! Here are my spiritual resolutions:
1) Be a better spiritual leader to my family.
2) Read my Bible everyday.
3) Be a more patient father.
4) Pray. Pray by myself, pray with my wife, pray with my kids.
5) Grow closer to God.
Have a great year!
One more, update the pictures in my blog header!
We’ve all seen the movie or read the story of Snow White. The wicked queen asks the mirror who the fairest of them all is and she doesn’t like the answer! Well folks, a mirror doesn’t lie, but sometimes we do lie to ourselves.
James 1:23-25 tells us of just that same idea. If you look into the mirror and see the person you ought to be, but then go about your day being the opposite person, you are lying to yourself. Just because you look the part, doesn’t mean you will get the role in the school play.
The same goes for our Christian lives! We may look good to the world by attending services and by being a “good person”, but until we match our hearts to the image we are portraying we are on that wide path that leads to destruction.
Or maybe your reflection is just the opposite, you don’t like what you see in the mirror and you want to change it. Acts 2:38 suggests a good place to start: “And Peter said to them, ‘Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”