Who and why?

16 05 2014

worryIt’s been a crazy week. Timelines on projects have shifted, meetings have popped up, and other things have reared their head. The juggling act is becoming increasingly difficult. The funny thing about all the hustle and bustle is that, while it’s crazy, I’m not then least bit worried about any of it. As I sit here in the main auditorium of our church, writing this post, I can’t help but feel grateful for all of it. I love being Pastor Jeff!

For many of us, at least the men out there, our identity is wrapped up in our work — the better it goes the better we feel. Just the opposite is true as well…if work is horrible then we don’t do so well. Our worth is wrapped up in our successes and failures. Because of this our feelings rise and fall more than the stock market. This, however, should not be. Especially if we know Jesus. We get to sit with the creator of the universe whenever we want to. That drastically changes things. Suddenly the meetings and ’emergencies’ don’t seem so big.

I totally understand that there are pressing issues that need to be resolved. I get that appointments need to be kept and tasks need to be completed. But who we do them for and why should be firmly understood. Do we tread through the day just wanting it to be over? Do we dread Monday and celebrate Friday night and the weekend? If the answer is yes…then I suggest a perspective change.

A little boy ran out into his backyard, bat and ball in hand, declaring, “I am the greatest batter in the world!” He tossed the ball into the air and swung. Strike one! He tossed it up again…missing the second time. Strike two! A third time he tried. “Strike three. You’re out!” He then announced, “I am the greatest pitcher in the world. I have just struck out the world’s greatest batter!”

When we filter our worth through our work we short change ourselves. That roller coaster ride is not a fun one to take. A life of peace, joy, and contentment is ready for all of us. We, just like that boy, need a different outlook. Paul said it this way, “Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. (Colossians 3:23 — NLT)” The writer of Ecclesiastes said this, “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might…(Ecclesiastes 9:10 — NIV).”


Maybe we have the issues we do because we’re not doing all we can. Do we go through our days and years trying to skate by? that’s not the way we were created. God created us for so much more. He put so much potential inside all of us. We just need to tap into it.

Or maybe we just need to change our perspective. Do we dread the days to come? Do we loathe the tasks that we are assigned and wish we could be doing something else? If the answer is yes…then it’s possible that our perspective should change. Life is not about the things that you can get…it’s more about the things you can give.

It’s time to get off the roller coaster. Change who you’re working for and why you’re doing it When that happens…joy, peace, and a different value is established. Have fun! Work for the Creator rather than the created.

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How Will You Spend It?

28 04 2014

questionIt’s hard to find the time to do some things. They’re good things too. I love writing on this blog. But sometimes it’s hard to find the time to do it. I don’t understand why either. We usually find the time to do the things we want to. We plan the vacations, outings, and day trips to relax and recuperate. The date nights with our spouse are not neglected. The play days with the kids are fiercely protected.

So why is it that I can’t seem to find the time to do the things God has laid on my heart? It’s not because He has asked something difficult of me. Sometimes He does but not with this. As I think about this I am reminded of the time that Jesus had to go through Samaria. He did so against the urging of His disciples. While there He met and talked with a woman and that one conversation not only changed her life but the loves of the entire town. Going through Samaria took extra time and effort. There’s also the account of His friend Lazarus. Mary and Martha, the sisters of Lazarus, sent word to Jesus that Lazarus was sick. When Jesus heard about it He stayed where He was 2 more days. Staying there meant that Lazarus dies. But it also meant that Jesus had the opportunity to perform a spectacular miracle. Maybe that’s what it is…the extra time it takes. But if I look at the example of Jesus the extra time is worth it. It could mean that someone is touched by Jesus that may not have been otherwise.

There’s one thing we all have in common regardless of financial status, nationality, age, spiritual background, or anything else. We are all given 24 hours to spend each day. The thing about having this time is that we can’t save any of it. We can plan and prepare for certain things but at the end of the day we are left with no extra time. When it’s gone…it’s gone. So how do I find more time to write like God has tasked me to? The answer seems pretty simple. I take the time to do it. Just because God asks something of us doesn’t mean that He gives more time to accomplish it. It’s up to us to figure out how we’re going to divide up the 24 hours each day to get His assignment done.

God gives time

I’m not much of a coupon clipper. I would rather find a store that sells for less than redeem the coupons. I have heard stories of those who have saved hundreds of dollars because they invested the time to find the deals. They didn’t save any time…but the time they spent brought huge rewards. Paul put it this way, “Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days. (Ephesians 5:16 — NLT)” Every minute of every day is an opportunity that God has given us. Some of those opportunities need to be taken to do the things God has placed in our heart to do…regardless of how much extra time it takes. It may be that the extra hour or two spent could have miraculous results. We won’t know until we spend that time. Or should I say…invest that time. That’s probably a better way of looking at it. An investment is designed to give returns back to the investor. If we invest out time in God’s Kingdom the returns that come back could very well be life changing…not only for you but those that the investment touches.

It takes time to do what God asks. We don’t always have the extra time to spend. Trust me when I say, though, that the investment is worth it. So…how will you spend your time?

Is It Real…Or Is It Facebook?

11 04 2014


I’m not a very good Facebook friend. I don’t post anything most days. I’ll browse through some days and click ‘like’ on something every once in awhile. I will follow links to news articles that others post. I take the cute little quizzes. I enjoy the pictures…most of them anyway. I’ll comment on discussions that are taking place. But have I really touched the lives of those I’m trying to interact with? Have we made a difference to the hurting people whom God has placed in our lives? Or am I just succumbing to the culture?

Now to those who really get into Facebook and all it offers…please don’t be offended at this post. I’m not saying that Facebook is a sin and should be added to the list of “thou shall not’s”. It’s a great tool for keeping in touch with friends from lives past. It’s great for sharing ideas and having a conversation with acquaintances about life and other stuff. It’s funny to post videos of my son jumping into a freezing pool (it really was funny). And Facebook does have the potential to reach people we wouldn’t normally interact with. The ministry potential is huge.

One of the best commercials that I have seen recently is for Toyota. A daughter tries to get her parents to be more social and encourages them to create a Facebook account. Much to her dismay, however, it is unsuccessful because she discovers that they only have 19 friends compared to her 687. The scene then changes to show her parents hiking with friends, biking with friends, and a host of other things. The daughter sits at home in front of the computer looking at her puppy saying how sad she was for her parents. It cracks me up! I once heard a dad say that his daughter invited some friends over for a sleepover. There were about 8 of them all upstairs in her room. There was no sound coming from upstairs at all. When the dad investigated he discovered that they were all talking to each other over Facebook from their phones. Seriously!?!


I understand that we, as ambassadors of God, should understand the culture. I get that we should use whatever means possible to communicate God’s Word to this world. But what do we do when the communication stops? If we’re not careful we can become satisfied with posting a bit of Scripture on our page and call it good. “We’re evangelizing the world,” we say. “We’re reaching more than ever!” In reality, though, we’re not reaching anyone. It’s too easy to scroll past all the stuff we don’t want to see and focus on what we do want. If we do that…who else does?

Jesus gave us the best example of evangelizing the world. It all started with 12 men. We know them as disciples. He spent a short 3 1/2 years with them. He ate with them, walked with them, talked with them, and taught them. He laughed and cried with them. He did life with them. He called them his friends…and they were His friends. “I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. (John 15:15 — NIV)” Jesus does the same with us. He pursues a friendship with us that far surpasses anything that could be posted on Facebook.

I remember the old Memorex slogan, “Is it live or is it Memorex?” We can ask the same thing of our friends. Are they real or are they Facebook? Have we spent time with our friends and made a lasting impression on their life? Have we let them in or kept them out and only post the details we want them to see? Do we place more value on the number of likes we get on a post or whether someone will join us for coffee and talk? As for me…I don’t want to be remembered as a Facebook friend. I would rather be a real one.

I’m ‘just’ a…

7 03 2014

A recent favorite song of mine is done by Hillsong United. It’s titled ‘The Stand’. The part that really caught my attention goes like this:

So what can I say?
What can I do?
But offer this heart O God
Completely to You

As I turned this thought over and over in my mind I remembered a question someone asked me when I was a Youth Pastor in California. They asked, “So…when are you going to be a real pastor?” I almost laughed. I didn’t know that there was a difference. Youth and children need a pastor just as much as adults do. And that was my answer. I thought I was a real pastor. Sure I played laser tag and took kids to camp. But I also helped them deal with and figure out life just like the senior pastor did with the adults. I didn’t realize that age had anything to do with it.

The word ‘just’ means ‘only or merely’. I’ve heard people describe themselves this way, “I’m just a ” It’s as if what they do has no importance or value. Minister friends of mine have done the same thing. “I’m just a children’s pastor.” We fail to realize that our importance is not in what we do…but in who we are and WHOSE we are. When we shift our focus onto the fact that God Almighty gave his only Son to purchase us everything changes. We go from merely unimportant to extremely valuable and important.

This mentality of unimportance can filter into every area of our life if we’re not careful. We need to remember what Paul wrote to the Colossians, “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus…(Colossians 3:17 — NIV)” It’s not about you, me, or anyone else. It’s about us showing the world who God is.

We’re all part of the same body and the body has one function. Paul reminded us of that in 1 Corinthians 12. There’s not one part that’s more important than another. “The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose…(1 Corinthians 3:8 — NIV)” Whether God placed in us talents that put us on the stage or behind the scenes is irrelevant. It’s whether we use those talents for His glory that really matter.

The spleen is an interesting organ. It’s not talked about that much. We can live without it if it’s medically necessary. No one that I have talked to really knows what it does. Yet without it the other organs must adapt to fill the need that the spleen’s absence created. It’s no different in the Body of Christ. Every one of us is important and created for a purpose. When we eliminate ourselves from service the rest of the body has to pick up the slack.

So…back to the start of this post. What can I say or do to offer my heart, mind, body and soul to God? That has to be our focus. When we realize that we have all been uniquely created by God with specific talents and abilities we can stop the comparison games. We can also stop diminishing our importance.

If you’ve ever watched Veggie Tales (it’s ok to admit it…no one’s judging you) you may remember how Bob the Tomato ends each episode. It goes like this, “Remember kids…God made you special and He loves you very much.” We need to take that to heart. We’re not ‘just’ a something…we’re created by God. Since that’s true we can be confident that we’re important.

You Before Me

19 02 2014

I didn’t realize that it had been so long since I last posted. To those of you that follow this blog…I am truly sorry. It’s been a marathon two months. It’s no excuse…it just is what it is. As I go through my day at the church (I recently started as the full time children’s pastor at my church) I constantly find myself thinking of the writing that I should be doing. Then, as it always does, something else comes up that needs to be done. A flyer needs to be created or another meeting to work on an event (they never seem to stop). And while I’m enjoying every minute of it I often wonder where all the time goes.

Is there ever an end to the go, go, go life that ministry is? As I ask myself that question my mind settles on the life of Christ. When I look at His life I am somewhat comforted that He dealt with the same thing. He was bombarded by the needs of the people around Him and He never seemed to get a break. And at every turn the needs of the people outweigh the personal needs of our Savior. The gospels are loaded with the phrase, “…He was moved with compassion…”

That’s an interesting word…compassion. According to dictionary.com it is defined as, “a feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for another who is stricken by misfortune, accompanied by a strong desire to alleviate the suffering.” So when Jesus was moved with compassion it was a drive to meet the needs that He saw in front of Him. They were the needs that were pressing for His time at that moment.

So what does this mean for us? Not every one of us is in full time ministry…but we all feel the pull to complete what we need to. At the same time we all understand the need to minister to the needs in front of us at the moment. We all have the capacity, just like Christ, to be moved with compassion. The challenge is allowing our self to step out of out of our day and see the moment…the moment that God may be orchestrating. It’s difficult and challenging. We have so much to do and so much more that goes undone. Yet even the smallest act, when done in Christ’s name, can accomplish so very much. “…Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me. (Matthew 25:40 — NIV)”

Even though we have so many things to get done in our day we can’t overlook the moments when God breaks in. I think that all too often we let the day drive us instead of driving our day. Remember the definition of compassion? Sure you do. The entire point of having compassion is that we see the needs of OTHERS. We care more about those needs than getting our list completed. Wait…where else have I heard that before? Oh yeah! “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves (Philippians 2:3 — NIV)” The definition of compassion in a nutshell…value others over yourself.

We live in a “what’s in it for me” culture. Imagine what sort of a difference we could make if we put others needs above our own. That’s the example Jesus gave us. Remember what Jesus said…”Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven. (Matthew 10:32 — NIV)” That’s what we’re doing when we look at others before ourselves.

Getting Good at Being You

31 01 2014

This one came from my Grandpa. It’s definitely worth posting. Thanks, Papa.

Before I made you in your mother’s womb, I chose you……. (Jeremiah 1:5 — NCV)
Beginnings are very important. In fact, the place of origin has much to do with the quality of the journey as well as the final destination. My journey – like yours – began in the heart and mind of God. Before I took even one breath, God wanted, loved and planned me. That same truth applies to you, my friend. You are no accident. You and I were created in response to the love of God and according to His plans. God did not “accidentally” create us and then step back in alarm and say, “Oops! I created her. Now what am I going to do with her?” The plan came first.

There have been many times in my life when I doubted my worth and value. I filled every waking moment with activity – good things – thinking that if I did enough good things, I would be good enough. It didn’t work. I can never be good enough to earn the love and favor of God. The good news is that I don’t have to be. My worth and value rest in the fact that I am chosen by God to be His very own child. I am loved, wanted and planned by God Himself. Wow! God Himself supervised our formation. We were created – not to be a puppet – but for an intimate relationship with God.

Psalm 139:14-16 (NCV) “I praise you because you made me in an amazing and wonderful way. What you have done is wonderful. I know this very well. You saw my bones being formed as I took shape in my mother’s body. When I was put together there, you saw my body as it was formed. All the days planned for me were written in your book before I was one day old.”

When our son, Jered, was four-years-old, we enrolled him in a daycare for two mornings each week. Jered loved to play with other children and always seemed to get along with everyone. I was surprised and upset when his teacher asked me to come in for a conference. My husband said, “Honey, how bad can it be? Jered is only four!” Jered’s teacher met us with a smile and a good report. “Jered is a wonderful little boy,” she began, “but there is one problem. How long has Jered known he was adopted?” I was still clueless about that being a problem, but answered, “Since he began talking. We have told him repeatedly how special he is and that he is a chosen baby.” She smiled and went on to explain that Jered told the other children how he was special because he was adopted. In fact, Jered informed each child that his mom and dad had chosen him – while their parents “got stuck” with them.

Listen, my friend, when you begin to understand and live out the eternal truth that you are loved, planned, wanted and chosen by God, His perfect plan and highest purpose will naturally unfold before you each day. Remember, in His eyes, you are special, and His plan for your life is simply for you to get good at being you.

Where I Belong

27 01 2014

music“Here in Your courts where I’m close to Your throne, I’ve found where I belong.” That’s one of the lines from Hillsong’s You Are Holy. As I thought about my previous post I began whispering a prayer to God. It went something like this, “God, please keep me where I belong. I don’t want to pray performance based prayers…simply asking You to bless things that are coming up. I want to live in Your presence and have ministry flow out of the abundance that brings. I belong in Your presence. Help me stay where I belong.”

In ministry it’s easy to lose sight of living in God’s presence. It’s easy to get caught up in the things we’re doing, because they’re good things that we’re doing. After all it’s ministry we’re involved in. We’re working to change people’s lives and introduce others to Christ. But if we’re not careful we can fall into the trap of basing our life on those things rather than pursuing the God that gave us those dreams in the first place.

Years ago I remember hearing someone in church say, “I want to live under the spout where the glory comes out.” I thought it was corny at the time. Now though, I see the truth in that statement. We can’t expect God to bless what we’re doing if we don’t maintain the relationship that brought us to the position we now occupy. Jesus put it this way, “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener… Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. (John 15:1,4-5 — NIV)”

Wait a minute! We can’t do anything apart from God. What!?! Didn’t He create us with gifts and talents? Didn’t He give us abilities to accomplish things for Him? The answer to both of these is yes. The thing to remember, however, is that we were never created to exist apart from God. It’s a symbiotic relationship. While He did create us with certain talents, gifts, and abilities they are not as effective when used apart from Him. That’s the ‘much fruit’ part of this passage.


David gives a great example of this whole discussion. He was the greatest king that Israel had. His men were fiercely loyal to him and he was fiercely loyal to those he served. He delivered his country from oppression on multiple occasions…starting with Goliath. We can all agree that he knew how to be king. None of this was his first priority though. Through his writings in the Psalms we see his true heart. He longed for the presence of God.

  • One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple. (Psalm 27:1 — NIV)
  • Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere; I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked. (Psalm 84:10 — NIV)

I believe this is why he was so successful as king. He made living in God’s presence a priority.

I’ve heard it said that we can’t get anything done on any given day unless we start it with God. I wholeheartedly agree. David gives us the example and Jesus gave us the command. It’s right there for us to see. We belong in God’s presence. We were created to be in God’s presence. It’s where we belong.

Right Where I Should Be

13 01 2014

Wow…how this month has flown by. We always talk about time flying by. It has certainly been the truth this past week. In case you didn’t know I have the privilege of starting in a new ministry position. I get to serve as the Children’s Pastor at Cape First Church in Cape Girardeau, MO. It is the first time in 20 years of ministry that I have not had to work bi-vocationally (work a ‘secular’ job along with pastoring). It is an amazing opportunity to get up every day and do what I love to do…minister to God’s people.

I have always wanted to be able to do just what I’m doing right now. The thing that really amazes me about all of this is how God works all things out. Paul put it this way, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28 — NIV)” I shouldn’t be surprised about it…but I usually am. God has a way of doing things in us, for, us, and through, us that totally amaze us. This time is no different.

I guess the thing that amazes me the most is that God did for me what He has done for so many people we read about. He put me right where He wanted me…even when I thought it wasn’t possible. We read about Moses and how God repositioned him to lead the Israelite slaves from Egypt after running away as a fugitive. We see that He put Esther in the right place to save her people from genocide as the queen to a foreign king. We read of Elijah’s victory on Mount Carmel. All of these people were put right where God wanted them to be when He wanted them there.

Jesus was always at the right place at the right time. He had to go to Samaria one day to keep an unspoken appointment with a woman. That conversation changed not only her life but the lives of her entire village. He amazed a crowd when he called Lazarus out of his tomb…4 days after He was told Lazarus was sick. I heard someone say it like this, “He’s never early and He’s never late. He’s always right on time.”

Not only was Jesus on time then, He is on time in our lives. How many times has God given you just what you needed right when you needed it? Maybe it was some needed encouragement. Maybe it was an unexpected tax refund. Whatever it was God positioned you for the blessing to touch your life right when you would need it. That’s what He did for me. And that’s what He can do for you.

One of the songs the kids sing on Sunday has this line…”No matter what I’m staying right here!” Will you stay on the path God has you on in order for Him to place you where He wants you? Are you willing to walk through the fire and let Him refine you? Will you walk the path God lays out for you so He can place you? It may not be easy. It may involve some pain. But when you get to the place God wants you it will be nothing short of amazing.

First of Firsts

3 01 2014

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It’s the third day of the year…of a new year. Most people are looking at the new year and counting the firsts. News channels are detailing the stories of new year babies. Others are looking at goals for the year. As I thought about this year and all the ‘firsts’ that would be talked about my mind drifted to the past and future firsts that we have all experienced.

The first time our kids cried in the delivery room. The first time they walked. The first time they talked. We remember the first day of school and the pictures that we all took. We recall our first job (whether mowing lawns or babysitting…or whatever it was). We remember the first time we drove with our brand new driver’s license. Maybe we remember the first day of our new job after graduating college. The smell of that not-so-new first car (mine was a Ford Bronco II in case you’re wondering).

All of these things are great to remember. And I believe that it’s important to look at the year ahead of us and make goals. We can’t, however, forget the first of firsts while we do this. Just in case you haven’t figured out what I’m talking about let me share this verse. “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. (Genesis 1:1 — NIV)” We can’t forget that the Creator of all of our firsts is still there, in the beginning of this new year. He was always there…when we took our first step or when we laughed for the first time. He was there during our first heartbreak. He was there on our first difficult school test. He was always there…because He created you.

He is there in the tragic firsts. Like April 10, 1997. That was the day my first daughter stepped into Jesus’ arms. He is there in the joyous firsts. Like January 6, 2014 (this coming Monday). I have the privilege of changing jobs. I get to start full-time ministry for the first time in 20 years (first time ever…really).

trophyAs we look at the past and future firsts we can’t forget their purpose (because they really have one). Paul wrote to the Romans that, “..in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28 — NIV)” Some of our firsts are difficult and some of them are not. Whatever the circumstance we can rest assured that God is in the middle of them. He has a vested interest in all of them since He uses them to mold and shape us for His glory.

Some of the firsts I would rather avoid. I’ve mentioned before that I don’t like pain. It hurts. But if I avoided the pain I wouldn’t have seen God in the same way that I do now. So if that means that I have to experience some firsts that I don’t like the so be it. I’m willing to if it means God gets the recognition.

As we stand on breaking of this new year I challenge you to look for the firsts. They will teach you something about yourself and God as you walk through them. Remember and cherish the past firsts and the lessons that they taught you. Finally…always remember the First of firsts, God Almighty, is walking through each one of these with you. How do I know that? Well, He promised He would. “The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. (Deuteronomy 31:8 — NIV)”

It’s All New For All Of Us

30 12 2013

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Well here we are again. It’s the end of another year. We see countless end of the year reviews. We see the year in pictures and hear interviews of the most interesting people of this past year. There is an anticipation of what is to come. An excitement of the new things that the next year will bring. At least for most people it’s this way.

There may be some who are reading this that are in anguish, hurt, or pain because of events this past year. The prospect of another year just means that they must work though more of that hurt and pain. Some of my friends are walking though circumstances right now that resemble this. For those individuals a new year is not exciting. There is apprehension and a longing simply to survive. They most likely won’t be celebrating on December 31.

It is to both of these groups that this post is directed. No matter our circumstances we all stand on the brink of one year ending and another one beginning. Whether the past year was filled with pain and heartache or full of excitement and adventure it is now passing. The next year is upon us. It is and will be what we make it to be.

Paul, when writing to the Corinthian church, said this, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! (2 Corinthians 5:17 — NIV)” Now I realize that this verse is talking about living life in Christ. Isn’t life lived inside of time though? Since we all know it is we can apply this verse (the last half of it) to this part of time in our life.

The old year is gone. It’s over. It’s spent. It no longer exists except in our memories. We can’t change anything about it. Sure it held some pain and hurt. If we look closely there were some good times (maybe even great times) too. But all of them are in the past. They’re gone. We have no way of living them over. I know I’m starting to sound like a scratched CD (or corrupted .mp3 or broken record…depending on your generation). I believe, however, that many times we hinder the growth that God wants to bring about in us because we fail to realize that the old is gone. We can remember the lessons the difficulties taught us and cherish the memories…but none of them can be changed. The milk is spilled.

Although the above is true (we can’t change the past) there is something that can be done about the future. We stand on the brink of an entirely new year. It’s fresh. It’s new. It’s the same for every person on the planet. The Pope will wake up in 2014 with the same number of days in it you do. “…the new is here!”

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Now…I’m not so sheltered to think that we could have hardships that follow us into the new year. We will all have trouble (John 16:33). I’m simply saying that we have a choice how this new year will be lived. We can look back and anchor ourselves to the past. Alternatively we can walk into the new year free to live life as it comes…enjoying the good and conquering the bad.

This coming year is new for all of us. None of us has seen it before. No one knows what it will bring. We all have the same opportunity ahead of us. 2014 is coming whether we want it to or not. It will march into each life the same way and it brings everyone the same thing…a fresh, clean start. How you greet it is up to you.

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