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Topic: Resolutions (12/29/03)

TITLE: A new you for the New Year
By Jenny Smith


Its that time of year again, the close of one year and the dawn of another one! I love making resolutions. I like to reflect on the last year and see where I failed, missed the mark, or when I followed through on a resolution. As much as I like to make them, I also like hearing what other people are resolving to do. Someone told me that his goal was to lose 50 pounds. Another resolves to quit smoking for good. A friend, who lost custody of her two children due to drug abuse, is resolving to do whatever it takes to get them back. There are many different kinds of resolutions; some are big, some small and some serious. Some seem silly unless you are the one struggling to do it! One of mine is to become more organized. Now if you donít know me well I appear to be organized. But I work hard to appear that way. Really I am a huge mess! The reality is - whatever your resolutions are, one thing is usually true - you failed last year! We start the year out with the thought that it is brand-new. Can I share a secret with you? I have a special advantage this year,

Therefore, if any one is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the NEW HAS COME! 2 Corinthians 5:17

Since I am in Christ, he is always willing to give me a new start - you too. Jesus cares about the areas of your life that cause you to feel stressed. He wants to help those who need to lose weight do so. SmokingÖ he can help you overcome. Drug abuse, lost families, he specializes in fixing the broken! Canít find anything when you need it, he even cares about that! Whatever troubles you he cares. More importantly, he alone has the power to help us to overcome our failures.

There is one condition - we must be in Christ. To be in him we have to accept His offer to rescue us from the path of sin and death. He is asking you today one thing:

Will you allow me to come into your heart and change you from the inside out? I have paid the price for everything you have ever done and I am willing to forgive you. All you have to do is believe me.

Or, if you are already in Christ, he is offering you a chance for success through him:

Beloved, I can overcome this. Nothing is impossible for me. Work with me, do your part and Iíll supply the difference. All Iím waiting on is for you to depend on me.

What will it be? Another year of broken resolutions or a real chance at success. The choice is yours and mine, I choose hopeÖ

What a year we have hadÖsome wonderful memories were made, some heartbreaking times we went through. This year I want to be different than last year. Will you help me? Will you show me what to do? Will you put people in my path to help and at the same time teach me to accept help? Let my old year pass away and let the new come. We love you! Amen

Member Comments
Member Date
Christine Rhee01/05/04
What a hopeful view on resolutions!
L.M. Lee01/08/04
I use to be so angry at that verse...because I never felt like a new creature. Then one day it dawned on me...I'm new because I see things differently now. I don't see life the same way anymore. The old flesh man still may raise his ugly head...but at least I know now to knock it off! Before I never cared!
Kathy Pollock01/10/04
Thank God that we're not in this alone! I praise Him for His miraculous help, and for His transforming power. Good job, Jenny.