Tuesday, February 1, 2011

A RE-fresh

I realize that the New Year is WAY upon us by the 2nd month and the majority of you have probably already broken all of your resolutions by now. I know I'm not off to a great start on mine. But, check this quote out:

We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year's Day.

- Edith Lovejoy Pierce (1904 – 1983)

Edith Lovejoy Pierce, during her time, was known as a “progressive Christian” mostly because of her heavy involvement in the civil rights movement. A devout Christian, this author and poet inspired many with over 350 inspirational poems and civil justice opinion articles. I stumbled upon this quote the other day and the first thing that came to my mind was fresh starts. Have you ever wanted one of those? A fresh start, how nice would that be? Well that didn’t go over like I planned, let’s try that again. I know I’d like a few of those.

Unfortunately, the New Year is the closest thing we will probably ever get to a fresh start. But what a start it is! Granted we can’t erase what we have done but this is the time to start new things, break old habits, start new habits, and change lives. Most of you are thinking that you can’t do that – big talk from the guy behind the desk – right? You don’t have the power to change anyone’s life, but you know the One who does. Discipleship is just that, sharing your life with someone – stepping out of the comfort zone and letting others inside your walls. You aren’t sure you can do that? Maybe that should be your resolution this year – break down your walls so you can help others build lives.

I hope this finds you where you are - right in the thick of it - in your everyday lives. That's where Jesus met people. If God can do it - you can too! I believe in you! Share a story with me if you've got one.

Amo Dei - Jerrod