So, it is a new year! 2017 is history and 2018 lies before you unwritten. Some of you have made resolutions which will be broken soon. Some have committed to make some fundamental changes in their life, family, marriage, finances, devotions, eating habits, exercise, church attendance...do I need to go on? You are starting out with a great resolve and I pray you will stick to your commitment to improve your life and leave an influence that will be a testimony of your faithfulness to God.
Some of you have resolved that for 2018 it will be the same ole same ole. You have no desire or intention to change anything, improve anything, or do anything different. And then sometime during the year you will complain that you are stuck in a rut, nothing is better, and good things never come your way. You want things to get better, but without any effort on your part. II Peter1:5-8 says, “…make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Unless you missed it, that is not same ole same ole. That is intentional effort on our part to be everything God wants us to be. And when we do, look out 2018!