33 YEARS OF LOOKING UP
It’s a new year and many are looking for an improvement over last year. We change when we resolve internally and decide externally to change. Here's what I mean. A new year's resolution often fails because a resolution by itself doesn't change anyone. It must be accompanied by steps for attaining the resolution. For example, you might say, "I'm going to lose 10 pounds in the first three months of 2023 BY going to the gym and doing increasingly difficult cardio exercises until I reach my goal." Do you see with this example that you must have an action that can potentially give you success? So reaching a goal is not just resolving internally, it is also deciding a path of doing. When you decide to change you are not alone. Change begins on the inside and we do this with God's help because we are His workmanship (see Eph 2:10). The Bible tells us, "for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure" (Php 2:13). Paul wrote to a struggling church saying, "And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work" (2 Co 9:8). We work as God works. That's how we change by the power of His Spirit.