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The Sunday sermon was on the topic of “influence.” Funny – the pastor was going to begin a series called “Plan B.” I was not really ready for the message because I didn’t want to think about how I have willfully made decisions out of God’s will. But I had misread the calendar and we had a guest speaker. Turns out I wasn’t eager to receive this sermon either.

The first point of discussion was about resolutions. I don’t make them but that is not the point of this blog. His point was that God has plenty of daily resolutions for us in his word, but we end up making our own anyway (sometimes quickly failing) without really consulting our Lord. Even when we make genuine resolutions meant to honor God, we forget that God has plenty of daily resolutions (and encouragements when we fail!) already laid out for us that should give us plenty of focus through the year.

“Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” (Psalm 90:12)

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“The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and suffer for it.” (Proverbs 27:12)

This was the first passage of Scripture that reached my eyes today. I’ve seen it before – it is on one of our filing cabinets. It is also on our computer as a picture. I don’t know if I would have used this passage as my first post if it weren’t for the fact that yesterday the Mrs. and I were discussing writing down goals. My question was – am I really going to change the things necessary to change things or am I just going to go back to work and keep coming home tired and so on? It is a reasonable question.

2010 was interesting. Perhaps the most important was how amazing Bible reading was. I read chronologically for the first time and it was awesome! Other than Bible reading and reading more pages in more books than in previous years I don’t think I accomplished anything. It is true that at work God lets me talk/listen to individuals about God stuff. But other than those things I am a cacophony of mediocrity. As my friend asked me yesterday – am I miserable enough to make a change?

I don’t want to end last year or start this year with a cliche’ but I am going to have to do it — God is waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too kind to me!

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