This is the day when most people quit their New Year’s Resolutions. As we continue to walk through the door of a New Year (and decade) the question is, are you open to the possibility of experiencing all that God has available for you? To put it in Biblical terms are you ready to “…press on toward the goal of the upward call of God in Jesus Christ” (Philippians 3:14).
While we are all at different stages in our spiritual journey, all of us have growth we can enjoy. We have a chance to evaluate ourselves and reflect on what God has in store for the next chapter of our lives. The challenge is; are we going to grow or merely stay as we have always been? Years ago a classmate of John F. Kennedy commented that he had gone to school with Kennedy and was as smart as Kennedy. But when they graduated he got a job and concentrated on the job, while Kennedy kept learning. Even while working, Kennedy never stopped learning, and after a while there was a world of difference between the two of them. Are you willing to keep your mind and soul open to learn more about your faith and the character of God?
In 1952 Edmond Hillary tried and failed to climb Mt. Everest. A British group invited him to speak and as he assumed the podium a thunderous ovation was given because of the courage and effort Edmond put into this endeavor. In His address Hillary moved to a picture of Mt. Everest that was staged for his presentation. Hillary pointed his finger at the picture and said, Mt. Everest, you beat me the first time, but I’ll beat you the next time, because you have grown all that you are going to grow, but I’m still growing. In May of the following year 1953, Hillary successfully climbed Mt. Everest.
Many of us face ongoing challenges that might get the better of us now, but realize you can keep growing and conquer your “Everest.” Let’s make this year we enjoy personal and spiritual breakthroughs with the help of our Lord Jesus Christ! The rewards are so amazing, this is one resolution you will NOT want to quit.
–By Rev. Dr. William Lewis.