Happy New Year from everyone at Woodlands!
2014 has been and gone. Christmas decorations are starting to disappear, January sales are well and truly underway and soon the school holidays will also be over. This time of year draws out the reflective side in all of us, we look back on the year that has been with all of its ups and downs, triumphs and struggles and then we look ahead with fresh [albeit often unrealistic] optimism, to what could be.
I have been asked a number of times about New Year’s Resolutions and, to be honest, I’m frustrated by the people I meet who have a ‘New Year, New Me’ kind of mentality, as if the dawn of a New Year will provide all the motivation they need to exercise more or to finally give up that habit.
I’m even more frustrated by ‘Christian’ New Year’s resolutions, not least my own over the last number of years, as I think about the prayer journals that only have entries for January or the attempts to read the Bible in a year. This year I’m taking a different approach, and I’m doing so because I have come to realise that God has never asked me to change myself, in fact he has never asked anyone to change themselves.
I have high hopes for 2015. I look ahead with real optimism but I hope to not trust in my own resolve or willpower but instead to fall deeper into the arms of a God who has given me everything I need to live a Godly life [2 Peter 1:3]. So I begin this year with a simple prayer, borrowed from the Apostle Paul:
With this in mind, we constantly pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling, and that by his power he may bring to fruition your every desire for goodness and your every deed prompted by faith.
1 Thessalonians 1: 11