Monday, January 9, 2012

2012 is Here!!!

Happy New Year!

Hope you all had a joyous Christmas & was able to celebrate the coming of a new year with friends & loved ones. As we have celebrated the advent season & Jesus birth, we also celebrate & look forward to the day when He returns for His people.
With the beginning of a new year, we make resolutions - well, some of us do. Personally, i try to make goals for myself instead. That way, i don't "break" anything. =) But do you notice how at the beginning of a new year, there is so much talk of dieting, organizing, cleaning, etc. - at least it seems like it to me. Maybe that's my conscience bugging me. But it does seem like everyone is giving advice about something or another. Let's face it, we have access to more information than probably the next 10 or more generations, will use.
But with the complexity of our lives, we need instruction that is not only practical, but spiritually guided.
"The Proverbs of Solomon son of David of Israel:
for attaining wisdom & discipline;
for understanding words of insight;
for acquiring a disciplined & prudent life,
doing what is right & just & fair:"
Proverbs 1:1-3 (NIV)

Wow! That sounds like what we need to carry out & "keep" our New Year's resolutions &/or goals.....wisdom, discipline, do what is right & just & fair.
"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge." 
Proverbs 1:7a (NIV)

It took me quit a few years to grasp the meaning of "fearing" God. It does not mean that we should live in terror of Him. Fear is actually another word for reverence or worship. It suggests that when we acknowledge God for who He is & offer Him the worship & praise He deserves, we learn from Him an attitude of humility & awe, not dread & fright.

The person who fears God, who worships Him daily & honors Him has nothing to life....or in death.
"Shout with joy to God, all the earth!
Sing the glory of His name;
make His praise glorious!"
Psalm 66:1-2 (NIV)

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