MBFLP – Planning a Christ-Centered New Year

MBFLP - Planning A Christ-Centered New Year

How do you celebrate New Year’s Eve and -Day? Is it a major revel, or a time of sombre reflection? Or is it a joyful middle, with time for thought and time for fun, too? We talk about our annual two-day observance of the changing calendar in this episode of Making Biblical Family Life Practical!

RESOURCES WE MENTION

Billy Graham’s Q&A page on the subject

Jonathan Edwards’ resolutions

Woody Guthrie’s somewhat different resolutions

Some notes on our annual family review and brainstorm meeting

Why Hal keeps a journal, and some things which make it even better

Your New Year Gift to Jesus

New Years Gift to JesusI know, I know, the holidays are over.

For some there is a sigh of relief, and for others there is sadness. I’m somewhere in between. Happy to see the gift-wrapping, baking, and card-sending over, but not happy to see the end of the get-togethers, meals shared, smiles and gladness that simple pleasures bring.

It isn’t the present that’s important—it’s what is in the heart.

I began thinking about what I could give long before Christmas and some of my ideas were beyond my budget, but gifts from the heart are well within. Then at church I heard the perfect sermon that summed up my thoughts, based upon the Magi. The Bible speaks of men from the East who followed a star leading them to Jesus, Mary, and Joseph. The Magi came bearing gifts. It was an epiphany—they realized this special child had been chosen for an amazing task. The Messiah!

Many years later I sit in my home and consider this Child and my gift to Him.

I asked my children to join in and jot down their “gifts.” What would they give to their Savior in the new year?

I was pretty impressed (yes, I know I’m a bit biased). Their lists included reading the Bible, attending church, listening to the Lord and His will for their life, and even some good deeds, such as being patient with each other.

Our pastor said we should give the Lord our sinfulness—only through His grace and sacrifice on the cross could we be purified. Wow.

And so I continue to think about what my gift should be in this NEW year. What would I give the chosen one, the Messiah, my Lord? What could I possibly have that He would want?

As I continue to pray and ponder, I invite you to do the same. What will you give the Lord? Have you considered this New Year in terms of business goals, household goals, or family goals? How about Spiritual goals?

I know what I’m giving my Savior—do you?

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