What to Reach for in the Coming Year
1. REACH FOR A YEAR OF SPIRITUAL MATURITY
a) Talk to God Hourly
b) Read the Bible Daily
c) Attend the Church Weekly
2. REACH FOR A YEAR OF SPIRITUAL PURITY
a) Nothing Hinders Our Relationship
b) Nothing Hurts Our Reputation
3. REACH FOR A YEAR OF SPIRITUAL ACTIVITY
a) Find Your Place in God's Will
b) Find Your Place in God's Work
An unknown author has written:
He came to my desk, with a quivering lip
The lesson was done
Have you a new leaf for me, teacher.
I have spoiled this one
I took his leaf, all soiled and blotted
And gave him a new one, all unspotted.
Then into his stirred heart I smiled
"Do better now my child."
I went to the throne with a trembling heart
The year was done.
Have you a new year for me, Father
I have spoiled this one.
He took my year, all soiled and blotted
And gave me a new one, all unspotted
And into my tired heart He smiled,
"Do better now, my child."
As we gather here today, a New Year lies before us. It, as the unknown author stated, gives us an unspotted leaf. It is a leaf that is unsoiled and unspotted.
Another has written: "I Am the New Year. I am an unspoiled page in your book of time. I am your next chance at the art of living. I am your opportunity to practice what you have learned about life during the last twelve months. All that you sought and didn't find is hidden in me, waiting for you to search it but with more determination. All the good that you tried for and didn't achieve is mine to grant when you have fewer conflicting desires. All that you dreamed but didn't dare to do, all that you hoped but did not will, all the faith that you claimed but did not have--these slumber lightly, waiting to be awakened by the touch of a strong purpose. I am your opportunity to renew your allegiance to Him who said, "Behold, I make all things new."
The beginning of the New Year gives us the opportunity to reassess the p ...
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