By Judy Engstrom
The following is an article for the New Year written by my husband for our monthly newsletter at the church. It encouraged my heart, provoke me to think more carefully and I wanted to share it with you. Please enjoy! – Judy
“With the beginning of a New Year many will try to turn over a “New Leaf”. We will make New Year’s resolutions as we determine to make this year different and hopefully better. This is the year we will get it done and we will get it right. We are going to lose weight, exercise more, pay off our bills, save for Christmas, organize all the family pictures, clean the closets, the garage and the attic, organize every drawer in the house and so many others. Maybe 366 days is not enough?
Are there some changes that will really make a difference in this year and in our lives? Yes. Here are some to think about:
1. Take out the trash every day. Not just the garbage in our house but the garbage in our lives. Jesus comes by daily to take away our sins, if we will put them on the curb. “If we confess our sin, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
2. Save energy. No the Pastor hasn’t turned green. We save energy by doing things right the first time. That is not a matter of expertise or experience. This is a matter of commitment and trust. As Proverbs 3:5-6 says , “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, lean not on your own understanding but in ALL your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths.”
3. Use your strength wisely. Give your burdens to the Lord. Help others carry theirs in practical ways and with a prayerful heart and a gentle spirit.
4. Redeem the time. Jesus is coming soon and life is short. Let us look at how we invest our minutes and our hours and spend them as wisely as we can on things that really matter.
5. Exercise your faith, exercise your mind by thinking on things lovely and of good report, exercise your emotions of love, joy, peace, exercise your spirit in prayer and in God’s Word.
6. Have an eye exam and a heart exam. What are you focused on and what are the issues of your heart? “Guard your heart, for out of your heart comes the issues of life”. “As a man thinks in his heart so is he.” “Lift up your eyes, for your redemption draws near.”
7. Tell Jesus you love Him every day. Tell your spouse you love them every day. Tell your children you love them as often as you can. “Love the Lord with all your heart…” “Love one another as I have loved you!”
Think on these things and HAVE A HAPPY NEW YEAR” ~ Pastor Jon Engstrom