Living the adventure |

Living the adventure

Gary Wingo

Time for those New Year’s resolutions, right? Well, to be truthful, I stopped making them some time ago. They sounded good but I never could live up to those declarations. We make resolutions that sound so wonderful, noble and honorable. The word “resolution” has great intentions. It means “a promise or fixed determination, a fixed purpose.” In other words, “I am resolving to make a change.” Sounds great until you try to change and find yourself in the same old patterns.Instead of making resolutions, let me encourage you to try a little bit different approach. It’s not about you mustering up the power to change, it’s about God walking alongside you to help make the changes come. When you let God walk with you on life’s journey, looks what happens: “Because of the Lord’s great love, we are not consumed, for His mercies and compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness, O Lord,” Lamentations 3:22-23.When you commit to live in the middle of God’s mercy and compassion, his spirit can fix your life with purpose and determination far more powerfully than we can alone. Imagine the son of God Jesus Christ helping you with decisions for 2005. Imagine the muscle and clout of God entering your daily world! After all, God is God – and we are not. He actually knows what will happen to you tomorrow. He knows the number of days you have left on this planet, he knows all your choices, and he sees each and every minute of 2005.Don’t you think it would show great wisdom on your part if you were to trust God – who knows all our life’s circumstances intimately – to have control and influence over us? For some, that’s a scary proposition. But the truth is this – God loves us deeply and he always has our very best in mind. With Jesus Christ, everything that happens to us – every choice, every curveball, every joy or pain. God will use to shape our character and benefit our lives. So instead of the old “I’m going to do it myself” resolutions, let me suggest some ideas to you:– Be yourself. You are special and important to God just as you are. Commit to live only how God shaped you. Stop creating false images and let God tell you how intricately and wonderful he made you! Remember, you matter to God.– Shift from self-centered thinking to other-centered thinking. Did you know Jesus Christ made you more important than himself? When we commit to consider others more important than ourselves, Godís energy and passion for us comes to bear in ways we can’t imagine! You have the opportunity in 2005 to look to the needs of others and make a real difference. — Develop an eternal perspective. Invest in that which matters beyond death. What we do here on Earth affects our eternity. What we do with Jesus Christ decides where we spend the gift of everlasting life. Begin to look at your work, recreation, parenting, relationships, and private world as having eternal ramifications. The focus of our lives affects so many on this planet.– Seek to balance your life. We are made of four parts: body, mind, relationships and spirit. We work hard on our bodies and our minds. Too often we neglect healthy relationships and our spirits. Life on Earth is not all there is! The spirit within us lives beyond death. Jesus Christ has made it simple and clear by saying: “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” John 14:6 (The New Testament). We have been given a gift of Grace. It’s time to accept it, live it, and share it with others.So, today – Jan. 1, 2005 – let the rest of your life be the absolute best of your life! Start today living who you really are: one who is loved by God, shaped for a purpose, and ready to live the true adventure that lasts beyond this world!Gary Wingo is pastor of Seekers Fellowship, a new church meeting at Colorado Mountain College in Edwards. 6:30 p.m. Sundays.Vail, Colorado

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