Happy New Year. I hope your Christmas and New Year celebrations went well and you had a good time with friends and family. I enjoyed some really good family time. I was also able to enjoy a video call using FaceTime with my extended family in England several times.
As we start a new year, I thought it would be a good time for us to consider the possibility of a fresh start. I’m calling it “Re:Start”. Let me explain what I’m thinking about.
For the majority of my life I have had perfect vision, but over the last two years I have noticed a change and wondered if I might need glasses. I noticed the strain on my eyesight when I'm tired, when the text I’m reading is small, or when I do lots of reading. I recognized that I needed help, so I purchased an over-the-counter pair of glasses. In a similar way, I recognize that I also need spiritual help. I need God to draw me back to Himself when I wander. Do you sense that need, too?
As I start this New Year, I recognize that I live with this tension in my life. My soul searches for God. I want to grow in my walk with Him. I want to grow in my faithfulness. But my will is sometimes in rebellion to God. As I think about this I sense the conviction of how I sometimes live independently of God. I see selfishness in my life. I feel stressed with the things I need to get done. I take my walk with God for granted and I settle for my focus being elsewhere. I see the gap between where I am and where I need to be. Do you sense that gap, too?
It’s time for a Re:Start. My prayer is that during the coming weeks we will seek to grow in our closeness with Christ. I love this passage: “Now this I say and testify in the Lord, that you must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds. They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart. They have become callous and have given themselves up to sensuality, greedy to practice every kind of impurity. But that is not the way you learned Christ! — assuming that you have heard about him and were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus, to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.” Ephesians 4:17-24
I’m seeking to actively pursue renewal in my life and I’m inviting you to join me. Please email if I can pray specifically for you: email@example.com.