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Tuesday, January 1, 2013

New Year, New Life

Happy New Year!  2013 has arrived.  

Today I decided to reflect on what might happen in 2013.  

As I cozied up with a cup of tea at a local coffee shop planning to come up with worthy goals for the year, I was gently reminded by good ol' Deitrich Bonhoeffer that "the road to hell is paved with good intentions".  All my goals and good intent for the year will come to nothing unless I allow God to do the work and make the plan.

I read through 2 Corinthians 5 and was struck anew by the tension we live journeying between old life in sin and new life in Christ.  

I love this: "While we live in these earthly bodies, we groan and sigh, but it’s not that we want to die and get rid of these bodies that clothe us. Rather, we want to put on our new bodies so that these dying bodies will be swallowed up by life." 

This year, I want my earthly life to be swallowed up by true life.

"So whether we are here in this body or away from this body, our goal is to please him."  

This year, I want to remember that when I'm tempted to be dissatisfied with where God has me now, my goal is to please him.

"He died for everyone so that those who receive his new life will no longer live for themselves. Instead, they will live for Christ, who died and was raised for them."  

This year, in every selfish moment (which I am confident will be countless), I want the Holy Spirit to remind me that I no longer live for myself.

"And all of this is a gift from God..."  

This year, may I be reminded that the gift is not something I can or should try to earn.

My goal setting session turned out differently that I envisioned.  But it reminded me that while I'm living here, my heart and purpose should be just the same as what I imagine it to be when I finally dwell there.

Happy New Year!

Dietrich Bonhoeffer God is in the Manger; All scripture were obtained from in the New Living Translation

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