In the New Year


Don’t fool yourself. If some of you think they are worldly-wise, then they should become foolish so that they can become wise. This world’s wisdom is foolishness to God. As it’s written, He  catches the wise in their cleverness.  And also, The Lord knows that the thoughts of the wise are silly.  So then, no one should brag about human beings. Everything belongs to you—Paul, Apollos, Cephas, the world, life, death, things in the present, things in the future—everything belongs to you,  but you belong to Christ, and Christ belongs to God (1 Corinthians 3:18-23, Common English Bible).

As I sit here typing this, there is an hour and ten minutes left in 2016. I haven’t yet decided on any New Year’s resolutions. When you think about the most common resolutions, I quit smoking years ago. I don’t drink much at all. I have already been losing weight over the past couple of months. I could always use more exercise but…. The thing is, it just doesn’t sound like what I would want my resolution to be for 2017.

How about you? Have you decided on anything yet? The clock is ticking.

As I think about it, the lesson above might speak to my dilemma. I belong to Christ. I need to live more often, with that idea in mind. I know, I am a pastor, so it sounds like something I am already doing. It would seem that I could put it into the same category as losing weight. It isn’t as much of a resolution when you are already living that way.

The thing that makes living a more disciplined faith different is there is always more we can do, more ways we can grow into the likeness of Christ. I want to grow in my faithfulness.

I mentioned in a previous post that I am not really into New Year’s resolutions. I read a book several years ago titled, My One Word by Rev. Mike Ashcraft. We will talk more about it in the days ahead. But, the basic idea is, instead of having resolutions that we might or might not keep, to have one word that would be your focus for the year.

So, I have decided, my word for 2017 is going to be “faithfulness.” Instead of having a resolution that would be something specific, my word, through prayer, I will work to leave myself open to what God thinks that should look like. Perhaps when I leave that to God, it will make me a better disciple.

I pray God’s richest blessings on you in 2017. May it be the best year of your life.

Joy and Peace,


Copyright 2017, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved

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