The Eve of a New Year

I find myself wondering where the year has gone. It seems like it was only yesterday that we were welcoming in 2014 and hoping for a good year. Now we are on the doorstep of the year 2015, hoping for the same thing as last year. Many of us will make New Year’s resolutions and will have every intention of this year sticking to the resolutions that we make.

Many of us will resolve that this year will be different, that this is the year that you will stick to it — that is to say the resolutions that you have made.

But every year the same thing happens — you start out   enthusiastically but soon other things — distractions — get in the way and soon the resolutions that you made are a distant memory. Then discouragement sets in leaving you feeling as though you are a failure.

But perhaps you have set the bar too high. After all, it is one thing to having lofty ambitions, but it is another to actually be able to accomplish them. Then again, maybe some of us bound ahead without any real plan. Perhaps you have heard it said if you fail to plan, you plan to fail.

Yet ambition is one thing we all need in life. A New Year’s resolution that we can all keep is one that involves ambition — to build up our faith in Christ, and to pursue His righteousness and His holiness. There is a song from the musical Godspell entitled Day by Day. It contains the following lines that go something like this; please excuse my somewhat faulty memory: Day by day, day by day, O dear Lord three things I pray; to see Thee more clearly, follow Thee more nearly, Love Thee more dearly, Day by day.

For 2015 I think that is a good a resolution as any, and it is one that we can all keep — if we look to  the Lord He will give us all that we need to follow Him wherever He may lead us.

So remember where your foundation lies. It isn’t in yourself but in the Lord Jesus Christ, Who called you out of darkness and into His marvelous light.

May God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit be with you throughout all of 2015.


About faithfullyhis

My name is Charles Quail and I am a retired Baptist pastor who lives in Dunnville,a small town southeast of Hamilton, Ontario. I also write a weekly column for our local newspaper, The Sachem. It is a column that I have been writing for about eight years. I am married and have two grown daughters. My best buddy was my dog Max, who is now chasing bunny rabbits in sky. I miss him terribly. My reason for wanting to write a blog is friends have told me that this is the next logical step in my writing career. My hope and prayer is that many will be both challenged and blessed by what I write.
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