Farewell 2011, Hello 2012

I wrote this for my church bulletin and thought I’d share it here too….

Many people around the world welcome the New Year with enthusiasm, and even make New Year’s resolutions – things they’d like to accomplish over the next 12 months. These may include losing weight, taking up a hobby, getting out of debt and other tasks to aid their self improvement. Even though many of these people may have good intentions, studies have shown that usually less than 12% achieve those goals, as the excitement of a new year gives way to the humdrum of daily life.

James 5:12 states, “Above all, my brothers, do not swear–not by heaven or by earth or by anything else.” Having goals in life is important, but the Word warns us to not do so quickly, especially if we hope to achieve them by our own strength, but with God’s strength, we can do mighty things. Psalm 18:29 encourages us by saying, “With your help I can advance against a troop; with my God I can scale a wall.”

We can also be thankful that God is not One to let His promises remain unfulfilled as Psalm 145: 13 reminds us, “The Lord is faithful toward all his promises.” God may surprise us, but He’ll never disappoint us.

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