It’s January once again—the beginning of a fresh year, when slates are wiped clean and anything seems possible. While everyone else is making resolutions and wondering if they’ll be one of the 8 percent of people who actually keep them, I’m here to suggest a different approach to New Year’s resolutions. I have made resolutions in the…
John chapters 14-17 contain Jesus’s last words spoken to His disciples just before His crucifixion. It’s like His farewell speech to let His friends know how much He loved them. And get this—it wasn’t just the friends at His side He was addressing. These words of our Savior are also meant for YOU.
Confession time: I want to make a conscious effort to enjoy life and give thanks this next month, but I don't expect to become a new person overnight (or even in thirty days). That's because, while I am a child of God, I'm still a sinner stuck inside a fallen, human body. Sadly, I don't walk in the Spirit minute by minute. That's why I need grace.
Four weeks. No work. No demands. No schedule. That's what I was given this summer. Of course, the break was not to travel or vacation or work on a project. And it wasn't given me because I earned it, like a sabbatical, or because I would make up for it later. It was for rest and healing, because I finally admitted my need.