Looking Back at 2015!
A new year! As we look back at 2015, hopefully we all can say “It’s been a good year.” Whether the year was a good one for you or not so good, we probably all can think of events that we would have handled differently if we could do it over. Times when we wish we had remained silent – or maybe wish we had spoken up. Times when we wish we had not attended that event – or maybe wish we had gone to an event. Times when we wish we had loved more – times when we wish we had pulled back from a relationship.
Looking back we can always see areas in our lives where we could have done a better job of communicating, sharing, being brave, being restrained. But the year is past. What’s done is done. Like Paul, the apostle, we need to say:
I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me. No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.
Now the New Year has arrived!
This is a time we often make new year resolutions. We are going to work harder (or devote less time at work and more at relaxing), we are going to lose weight, we are going to be more faithful in our Bible reading, our exercising. The list often goes on and on.
Top Ten New Year Resolutions
Here is one list of top ten New Year Resolutions
- Miss more time with family and friends
- Exercise – get in shape
- Lose weight
- Quit smoking
- Relax and enjoy time more
- Quit drinking
- Get out of debt
- Learn something new
- Help others
- Get organized
New Year Resolutions for the “Super Heroes”
For many of us a New Year’s Resolution might look like this
My goal for 2016 is to accomplish the goals I had for 2015 which I should have done in 2014 because I promised myself I would do them in 2013 after much planning for them in 2012.
A worthy New Year’s Resolution
While it is always good to have goals for the coming year – may I suggest a goal that would really be of the greatest benefit in 2016 – a resolution to not just read, but really study the Word of God this year.
God’s Word is an excellent instruction manual for our lives.
There has been so much violence and discord in our country in 2015. Who knows what the coming year will bring. But, whether this year sees peace or war, prosperity or difficult financial times, excellent health or too many trips to the doctor, we can find strength in God’s Word.
Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do. Joshua 1:8
How can a young person stay pure?
By obeying your word.
I have tried hard to find you—
don’t let me wander from your commands.
I have hidden your word in my heart,
that I might not sin against you. Psalm 119
There are so many aids and helps in learning more about God’s Word. One of the greatest ways to get into God’s Word is an organized, consistent reading plan.
There are excellent plans out there. Visit biblegateway.com for a listing of many that can be sent directly to your mail each day.
Each day includes a passage from both the Old Testament and New Testament.
Read the Bible in the chronological order in which its stories and events occurred.
Read the Bible from start to finish, from Genesis to Revelation.
Read the books of the Bible as they were written historically, according to the estimated date of their writing.
An intensive Bible reading plan that walks through the entire Bible in 90 days.
Read through the four Gospels–Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John–in 40 days.
Read the New Testament from start to finish, from Matthew to Revelation.
Daily Old and New Testament readings based on the Book of Common Prayer.
Short readings from throughout the Bible that focus on the meaning and events of Easter.
40 daily Scripture readings that illustrate the character of God and the nature of faith.
Scripture passages that focus on the meaning of Advent and Christmas.
A reading plan that walks through the entire New Testament in 24 weeks of daily readings.
A daily inspirational and encouraging Bible verse.
Daily Bible readings that follow the church liturgical year, with thematically matched Old and New Testament readings.
Daily Bible readings that follow the church liturgical year, with sequential stories told across multiple weeks.
The classic M’Cheyne plan–read the Old Testament, New Testament, and Psalms or Gospels every day.
Read through the book of Proverbs every month of the year.
Check them out!