January 1 just feels good, doesn’t it? It’s a clean canvas. And surely this year’s art is going to better than last year’s…at least that’s what we promise ourselves.
Today is the 182nd day of 2016, meaning we only have 184 days left. Tomorrow, July 1 marks the exact middle of this year.
What if, instead of waiting till January 1 to start something, we use the halfway mark of 2016 as our new starting line? What if, instead of giving laziness 6 more months to run the ship, we change the course now? Don’t wait to make a new year’s resolution; make a half-year resolution today!
The best time to obey God is right now.
Not then. Not later. Not soon. And certainly not when it feels right and the stars align.
I’m all about gym memberships and eating healthy, but what about your soul? What are you doing to keep the most important part of you healthy?
Let me make a few suggestions for some half-year resolutions…
Pick a new Bible reading plan.
Bible.com has hundreds of Bible reading plans for you to choose from. You can choose topics, books of the Bible, as well as plans that take you through the whole Bible or just parts of it. Check it out, choose one, then follow through on it, right from your smart phone if you want! When you really begin to read God’s Word, God’s Word will read you! (tweet this)
Take up journaling.
I didn’t do this till about 6 years ago, a year after we had moved to Clarksville and started the church. Now I can’t imagine going without it. Everyone does it differently, so find what works for you. I write things that are weighing on me, things I’m praying for, and reasons I’m rejoicing. I write down the names of every person who makes a faith decision at our church, as well as my staff, my team of pastors, the ministries at our church, and of course of my family.
It’s a very practical way to stay organized in my prayers and keep track of how God answers them. I now have a 6-year written record of God’s faithfulness in my life, ministry, and family.
Become a better pray-er.
Do you know someone who has a powerful prayer life? Do you know how they got that way? Well, for only 4 easy payments of $19.99… Yeah right. If only it were that easy! Like a muscle, powerful prayer is developed over time. That person you know who prays powerfully, their secret is that they are putting in time. They’re exercising their prayer muscles.
The Bible says to “pray without ceasing.” Let prayer be the oxygen to your soul – breathe it in and out.
And remember: Our smallest obedience is better than our greatest intention.
Satan isn’t threatened by your good intentions, great ideas, journal entries, or resolutions. Until you do something about them, they’re not real and pose no threat.
So stick July 1 in the Devil’s face, and do something that will help you train yourself toward Godliness!
…train yourself for godliness; for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come. – 1 Timothy 4:7-8 ESV