HAPPY NEW YEAR!
A New Year always brings me a jolt of metamorphic energy. Just when the inertia of winter begins to pall, a fresh calendar comes along to give us another chance to get ourselves right. What a relief.
I make lots of resolutions. Do I ever keep them all? Well, no, but that's okay. If I make 10 and keep 3, I am still a better person than if I hadn't bothered.
Well-made resolutions have proven to have the power to change my life in years past, with the Lord's help -- which is all the more reason to make them prayerfully. Only Jesus can truly say, "Behold, I make all things new." He knows better than I what lies within me that is old and dead and in need of revival and renewal. I need Him to guide me as I examine what I should desire to change in myself, because ultimately all that matters is whether those changes will please Him.
My 2007 resolutions have not yet found their way to ink, but I know I will resolve, as always, to be more diligent in prayer and in reading my Bible. I have never managed to get through the entire Bible in a year, but the happy fact remains that the years I have resolved to try have always been the years I spent the most time in the Word.
Toward that hopeful goal, I want to share our new favorite discovery:
This Bible evenly divides the OT, NT, Psalms and Proverbs into 365 daily readings that take about 15 minutes to cover. It's published by Tyndale and available at Amazon and CBD.
I like this format for several reasons. First, this is just a super way to read those Psalms and Proverbs -- a little bit to meditate on every day rather than a concentrated reading covering only a few weeks out of the year. This format also serves to hedge the old "exiting at Exodus" syndrome, wherein one... er umm... well, you know. Let's just say it's more motivating to keep up daily reading in the Word when you know you're going to get to read about Jesus every day!
We decided to get the compact paperback version for the car, because it rides so happily in a backpack or purse, and to also get a hardback for the coffee table. For some reason I just didn't read the Bible as much as usual in 2006, so I'm all for minimizing my lame excuses in 2007.
We all need renewing, not just in January but every day of the year... and there's really only one place to go for true renewing of your mind. Let's all be sure we go there!