I’m participating in the ChristianWriters.com blog chain again this month. We are discussing new beginnings in line with the new year.
I’m not one to overly romantacise new year – but as I usually take annual leave over this period and I find myself with a little time to reflect on the past and consider the future. As I began to consider these things recently, my mind drifted to Romans 12:2.
Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will.
– Romans 12:2
This past year has been tough. A lot of different un-related things have added up to make 2010 a very challenging time. I’ve come out of it feeling worn-out, run-down and beaten. I know that 2011 will bring its own challenges and I want to face those challenges with renewed strength and a much healthier attitude. I need more than just a couple of weeks where I don’t go to work. I need the kind of renewing that Paul is talking about in Romans 12:2. I need to be more positive and Christ-like in my thinking. I need to be transformed by the renewing of my mind. I need the Holy Spirit to re-program my head. Our attitudes – and ultimately our actions – are born out of the way we choose to think. I’m not one to believe that I can do it all on my own strength. Neither am I one to just dump it in God’s lap and say ‘fix me’, then sit back and eat icecream while He does all the work. God helping me, I have to make good choices every in every situation.
I write devotional articles on this blog – and I hope to do a lot more of it this year. Some times it can look like Christian bloggers are trying to make out that they have it all together and are telling the world how they should live their lives. I don’t want to give that impression. When I write a devotional article it’s because God is teaching me how to live my life. The most effective way that I grow spiritually is to get into the word of God and blog about it. When I blog I am not a teacher, I am a student.
Even while I was preparing to write this article, I yelled at my daughter, for no good reason, and made her cry. After apologising, being forgiven, and hugging her, I went for a walk to cool off. As I walked, I wondered if I should just give up this type of writing. I wondered if I would ever be close enough to God again to hear His voice. At that moment he spoke to me through Matthew 5:3.
Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
– Matthew 5:3
Poor in Spirit doesn’t just mean that you are weak – it means that you recognise your weakness. This is vital because unless you acknowledge that you are in need of God you will never run to Him. I identify with that. I start this new year poor in spirit – and God’s word says that I am blessed. This is a good place to be. This gives me hope that I have a positive year ahead of me.
So, feel free to keep following my blog this year – but only if you want to read the musings of a hypocritical no good filthy sinner who has been saved by un-imaginable grace. Glory to God.
Follow the chain
- 1 Jan: Sheila Hollinghead,Clearing Skies
- 3 Jan: Traci Bonney, Tracings
- 4 Jan: Adam Collings, The Collings Zone (<- You are Here)
- 5 Jan: Tracy Krauss, Expression Express
- 8 Jan: Lynn Mosher, Heading Home
- 12 Jan: Victor Travison, Lightwalker’s View
- 15 Jan: Scott Fields, Dead Man Writing
- 17 Jan: Liberty Spiedel, Word Wanderings
- 19 Jan: Linda Yezak, 777 Peppermint Place
- 20 Jan: Stacey Vaughn, Writinglite
- 21 Jan: Edward Lewis, Sowing the Seeds
- 25 Jan: Chris Depew, The Beulah Land Blog
Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION Copyright (C) 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan Bible Publishers.