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Topic: New Year (05/09/05)
TITLE: New Year – New Opportunities (i)
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Ask yourself this question. When was the last time I tried something for the first time?
At the beginning of a new year with plenty of opportunity to try new things yet many of us are resolved to simply alter the things we have done in the past. We are satisfied with attempts to lose weight or stop smoking and except what ever result we may achieve. I contend that when our focus in on changing only what we have already done we miss out on fabulous opportunities.
I took a group of young men white water rafting a while back. I had never gone white water rafting myself but I had always wanted to go so I organized the trip and off we went. About half way through the rapids one of the young men looked at me with a bit of fear on his face and asked me if we were doing things right. I said, “I have no idea. This is my first time.” At that point I bet he wished he had gotten in the other boat with our guide.
When we got back to our campsite this young man came to me and said the only reason he had come on the trip was because he had always wanted to go but didn’t know someone that had experience. When I came to him with the invitation he was thrilled. He then related the extreme joy he experienced as we started down the river. I had felt the same thing.
Can you imagine what we would have missed if neither of us had ever agreed to try something for the first time? While you are thinking about that, try to imagine what your life would be without the many “firsts” you have had in your life. First breath, first steps, first word, first date… what would life be without them?
As you start this New Year, ask yourself what is one bodacious, bold action that you have always desired to accomplish but have never even tried? Why not try something new? Set one outrageous goal for yourself this year that will remind you of the energy of past firsts and allow you to feel the fullness of life course through your veins once again.
Jesus said, “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” (John 10:10) Live this year with the fullness God has for you.
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