Wisdom from the Word by Pastor Dennis Dodson: Yearly Resolution or Daily Devotion?
Pastor Dennis Dodson
Contributing Writer, The Weekly Ledger News/ Vice President, and Treasurer, Seeds of Faith, Inc.
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Pastor Dennis Dodson | The Weekly Ledger News | Wisdom from the Word
Many people, during the Christmas season, take time to reflect on the previous year. The last year, or two, has been unlike any we have ever experienced. As we reflect on where we are, I would encourage you to evaluate your relationship with Jesus Christ. If we are honest, most of us need to make some changes in the coming year.
Many people will make New Year’s resolutions, and for the most part, these will benefit these will be good and beneficial to us personally. We may want to drop a few pounds, exercise more, eat better, or spend more time doing things that bring us satisfaction and fulfillment. We usually have good intentions, but these yearly resolutions rarely last through January.
I would challenge you to shift the focus this year. Instead of what can I do for myself, ask, what can I do for others? Jesus gave us the perfect example of being a servant (John 13:14-15). He goes even further to tell us that we will find happiness in service to one another (John 13:17). Maybe we are so unfulfilled because we are serving ourselves instead of Him.
If you are evaluating your current situation and want to make a change, you may not know where to start. Let Luke 9:23 be your guide. Luke 9:23 And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.
Decide to follow Jesus’ example of service this year. Deny yourself and focus on others. Find and use your gifts for the good of others. Do this one day at a time. Rather than yearly resolutions which usually don’t last, make your relationship with Christ a matter of Daily Devotion. If you seek Him daily and desire to please Him, there will be peace in your heart. The coming year will be better for you, and those around you, and God will be glorified.