The first thing I do every New Year’s Eve is to make resolutions to do a bunch of good stuff in the coming year. Then the very first thing I do after New Year’s Day is to NOT do any of that good stuff.
Why is that?
I’m pretty sure it’s because I am trying to do good stuff by my own will-power (slow learner). Anyhow, it’s past time for me to get off that yearly merry-go-round and give it all over to the God of Second Chances. Shame on me for forgetting the important stuff!
“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” ~ Ephesians 2:8-10 NKJV
Still… traditions die hard, so the very first thing is a prayer:
“Lord, my New Year’s Resolution for 2018 is to walk pleasing to You this coming year. I trust You, Father God, for what You prepared for me beforehand. Thank You, Jesus, for the greatness of Your power to keep me as I should be, regardless of my own shortcomings. Amen.”
The very next thing is,