Happy New Year! I pray that you and your family will experience a very fruitful and fulfilling 2020. As you know, the new year is often ushered in with a host of resolutions that are intended to improve our lives. Many times, these new year resolutions have a shorter shelf life than fresh-cut flowers. Why is that? Perhaps something called the RV (Recreational Vehicle) affect plays a significant role. People generally purchase an RV with the intention of getting away from home, seeing new places and doing new things. Today, most RVs are equipped with the same lush furnishings that we find in our homes. It is possible to go “camping” without ever having to go outside! No wood fire, outdoor facilities, insects or foul weather to bother us. A person can travel to new locations with all the conveniences of home. It doesn’t take long, however, before all the “newness” wears off. Why? We haven’t changed our settings. We’ve only changed our location.
The experience of the new life journey in Christ begins when the comfortable patterns of the old life are left behind. Real change comes when we replace the “old self furnishings” with fresh new life furnishings. It involves commitment to Biblical ideals and spiritual disciplines fueled by our love for the author of our salvation. It involves the willingness to do away with the excuses that keep us holding on to our old furnishings. 2020 is filled with all kinds of potential for growth. Determine NOW to embark on a fresh, new journey and fulfill the truth found in II Corinthians 5:17: Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!
Blessings, Dr. Joe