This blog is supposed to be, as much as I can, my daily journey through life as a Christian. I hope it to be my thoughts and feelings on life but be as grounded in the Christian message as it can. My intention is not to create a daily readings or bible study guide but to look at my life in terms of a Christian trying to find and follow God's mission using his Life User's Manuel AKA the Bible.

Matthew 10 19-20

And don't you worry about what you'll say or how you'll say it. The right words will be there; the Spirit of your Father will supply the words. - Matthew 10 19-20

Saturday, January 01, 2011

White as snow and clean as a whistle

New Years is a strange time of year. In reality there is nothing different from yesterday, all that has changed is some numbers, but in pretty much every other way there is nothing different to yesterday. Yet in our minds New Year is a pseudo-mystical time of year where the past can be boxed away and forgotten, a new start can be made on a clean slate.

Jesus on the other hand does make a change, He can make a difference. No matter the time of year, no matter the place or the person. He can make such a change that the past sins are truly washed away and we really do start over with a clean slate. He can wash us so that we are white as snow, spotless and perfect in His eyes.

This morning I talked about the plans and possibilities of this coming year, of the resolutions I plan to follow and the mile posts I hope to pass this year. But the real challenge this year is to make a real change, a permanent change to follow Christ in all that I do and allow Him to be my pilot. I want to make use of this psychological re-start to make a change in my life to allow myself to move on to new and better things.

     When I was a young man, I wanted to change the world. I found it was difficult to change the world, so I tried to change my nation. When I found I couldn't change the nation, I began to focus on my town. I couldn't change the town and as an older man, I tried to change my family.

     Now, as an old man, I realize the only thing I can change is myself, and suddenly I realize that if long ago I had changed myself, I could have made an impact on my family. My family and I could have made an impact on our town. Their impact could have changed the nation and I could indeed have changed the world. 
          (Author Unknown)

I want to be the sort of person who chooses to change while they are still young, someone who through their change can with Gods help make a real difference wherever it is God sees fit to send me, whatever the work He gives me. It is never to late to change, but without God it is just like New Years, a shallow psychological change with no real difference from one day to the next. 

God is willing, are you?

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