It's January, 2009. Can you believe it? I don't know about you but it seems like time is flying by.
I love January. December is my favorite month because of Christmas, family get-togethers, plus my birthday is at the beginning of the month. So, I love December; but I equally love January because it is a time of new beginnings. All of us benefit from emotional, spiritual, relational "do-overs."
Beginnings are full of energy and hope. They give us the opportunity to reflect on our lives and make needed or necessary changes. Sure sometimes our efforts are not successful; but think of what your life would be like if you NEVER experienced turning points along the way.
The beginning of a new year lends itself for moments of personal reflection. Usually when we stop our frenetic life-styles and reflect, God is very faithful to gently and gingerly reveal areas in our lives that don't line up with His will. God is not a screamer. He is a gentleman. He speaks to us. He convicts us. He guides us and leads us into all truth. He is faithful to conform His children into the image of His Son, Jesus.
As you reflect, is God showing you something that He wants you to change through the power of His Holy Spirit? Is there a character issue that He wants you to bring to Him so He'll help you change? Is there a way you speak that is not pleasing to Him? Does your will supersede His will?
It is a new year! It is time for reflection, renewal, restoration, and transformation. The work is not totally up to you. You can not make yourself holy. Only God is able to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. It is a time for you to choose to reflect and ask God to do His "God-thing" in your life. He will help you succeed. He will change you little by little into the person you were always meant to be.
Please don't let this season pass you by.
Murphy Geer Toerner
- Murphy's Devotions
- Austin TX and Baton Rouge, LA, United States
- I enjoy helping people. I am an encourager and I can see the good in others. I want people to understand what it means to be an authentic Christian and not just a religious "nut." I believe if Christians lived and loved others as Jesus lived and loved others, we would experience more of heaven on earth than hell on earth. These thoughts and writings are intended to encourage you to be who God originally designed you to be. They are also intended to challenge you and make you think. Also, I want you to know that I'm praying for you every day. Blessings, Murphy Blessings to you, Murphy