A Manifesto for the New Year

The following is from the magazine “Every Day Faith”, published by DaySpring.

The message below gives us some things to consider when we make our New Year’s Resolutions. Even if we don’t make Resolutions for the Year of Our Lord to come. The whole message is about putting God in the center of our lives and keeping Him there. Enjoy and take to heart the message below. Italics Mine…

I abstain from useless brooding, worrisome thinking, frantic pushing, or jittery striving. I want the mind of Christ, not the mind of chaos.

Today I refuse to be held back, chained down, worked up, or shoved ahead. I am committed to God’s agenda, and God’s purposes, and ask for God’s peace so I can pursue God’s glory.

I yearn to make choices every day that honor his plans for my life, rather than stubbornly sticking to my hour-by-hour plans. I hereby sentence my inner control freak to life in prison, with no parole. That way, I can be free.

I will need His strength to do this.

So I come to my Lord weak. And in my weakness, I know that I can borrow His strength. I understand that the strength He gives was costly for Him, but free for me, bought at the cross. But He didn’t stop with the gift of His strength. He also purchased with his blood the following: forgiveness, grace, hope, and forever love. All of the above are renewable resources, available each day to ANYONE in need. Which is pretty much all of us.

I believe in strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow. I am confident that–based on God’s unbroken promises since the beginning of time–He will provide both.

Today, I stand on those promises.

I’m counting on the Lord Jesus Christ to come through. I’m counting on Him alone to keep me moving forward. I will keep my eyes fixed on Jesus, instead of diverting my focus on the following distractions: my circumstances, my problems, my agenda, or my own good works.

And no matter what my to-do list tells me, I refuse to believe that I am failing at life. Because I submit myself to Jesus–for His great purposes, and for His great glory.


Make it a Blessed New Year,

Rick Herring

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