Borrowing the title from Brad Bloom’s Faith & Fitness future discussion forum, the start of 2011 presents not only a good time to think of new beginnings, but also of new “quittings.” Many times, to start something, we must first quit another thing, whatever it is that’s holding us back from our starting. We realize that to “Let God,” we must first “Let Go” of “every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us (Heb. 12:1).“
So with the beginning of a brand new year, we see people that generally fall into three categories of thought. 1-Resolutions of Failure-those who avoid making resolutions because they believe resolutions are “set-ups for failure.” ; 2-Vague Resolutioners–those who verbally express goals but have no plan of action to reach them. ; 3-Persistent Resolutioners-goal oriented people who set goals and have specific ideas on accomplishing them, and often reach their goals. Regardless of which group you find yourself in, there is no doubt that the need for new beginnings resides in each of us. And so to start, we must first quit.
Quit elevating comfort over betterment. Quit pushing God aside. Quit making excuses. Quit loving taste over nutrition. Quit being vague about our goals.
When we quit, we allow God to start something new in us.
Start a friendship. Start a vibrant prayer & devotional life. Start giving without grieving. Start making reasons for starting. Start adding nutrients into our consumption. Start setting specific actions to reach your goals. Start living the abundant life.
Ps. 144:9 – “I will sing a new song to You, O God.”
Luke 22:20 – “Likewise He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood, which is shed for you.”
2 Corinthians 5:17- “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”
Rev. 21:5 – “Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.”
Jesus is in the business of making raggedy, old and worn people and transforming them into beautiful new creations of His design. Do not resist His Spirit…let him create something new in your life today.
Blessings to you for 2011!