Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Wednesday Words of Encouragement: A New Year and a New You!

Ephesians 4:22-24 (NIV) ~

You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.

Exercise more.  Get in shape.  Lose 5, 10, or 50 lbs.

Most people make goals or resolutions for the upcoming year and often these physical goals are on the list.  I know that I usually have some sort of exercise goal on my list of things as well.  I do believe it's important to take care of our bodies and be in the best shape and health possible.

Besides the physical goals, I usually have a few others too.  In fact, I love looking forward and starting out the new year with new direction.

This passage in Ephesians is a reminder that we are to also work on setting new goals for our spiritual life as well.  So often, this gets overlooked.  I'm not just talking about reading through the Bible in a year or adding a number of devotionals to our reading list, but getting at the heart of our life.

Our attitudes are to be renewed.  We need to work on the words that come out of our mouths.  We are to grow in Christ and strive to become more like Him.  The bad habits and sinful attitudes should be something we purposely work on as well.

In 2015, let's strive to reflect Christ in our every day lives.  Let's work on being new in our thought process and our attitudes.  As you set your goals for this coming year, make sure that you add spiritual growth to that list as well.

Let's grow together in the coming year and make 2015 one of spiritual renewal!