My friend, Dr. Fred Brown, now in Heaven, often said, “Real Christianity is nothing more than a series of new beginnings. There are times in all our lives when we need a new beginning.” I agree with Dr. Brown that there are times in all our lives when we need a new beginning. Do you need a new beginning? Goodbye 2017. Hello 2018. 2017 is gone and we cannot change what happened last year. But it is not too late to have a new beginning this year. Some ended last year with heartaches and troubles. What will you do with the new year before you? You need to stop and evaluate what is important and what is not important. All of us should learn that life at times is tough. Bad things can happen to Godly people. You need to realize that God will have the final word, and it will be good. We cannot change the past, but we can change the future. Do you need to make changes in your life?
Rules to help you have a good year. Live a simple, good life. Be thankful for what you have instead of thinking about what you don’t have. Spend less than you earn. Think positively and reject the negative. Be considerate of others. Learn to listen. Be thankful for each day. Control and change bad actions and reactions. Learn that happiness is a choice. Avoid all anger and strife. Don’t attack the person, but attack the problem. Learn that good marriages are built on problems that have been solved. Give of yourself to others. Do right! Invest in others. Don’t love things, but love people. Love your family. The best things in life are not things, but people. Walk and talk with God daily. Learn that when you are not right with God, you are not right with others. Daily keep close to God.
Prepare For Your Final Exam
Each day we are preparing for our final exam with God. Illustration: At the end of school the professor said to the students. “I know you dread your final exam. If you are satisfied with your grade, and you are willing to accept it as your final grade, you are free to skip this exam.” About half of the class left the room. He stated again, “You do not have to take the final exam. You can skip it.” Others left and only three students remained. The professor asked, “What is keeping you here?” One said, “I was hoping to use the final to bring my grade up.” The second young student said, “I spent a lot of time preparing and I want to test my ability.” The last student said, “Good enough just isn’t good enough for me.” The professor said, “You three have passed one of life’s biggest tests. Never settle for average when you can do more. You each will receive an ‘A’ for your final exam.”
Your Final Exam
One day you will take your final exam with God. What will be your results? When we stand before God, we all will wish that we had done more. Realize that many who lived as you now live passed away this past year. This coming year 2018, could be your last year. Remember, you cannot change the past, but you can change the future. You cannot change others, but you can change yourself.
The year 2017 has passed; 12 months, 52 weeks, 365 days, 8,760 hours, 525,600 minutes are gone. Now we face 2018. This year do not accept the average but seek to do more for the Lord. Seek to live your life so you will not have regrets. Invest in people. Build good memories. Ask the Lord to do for you what you cannot do for yourself. God has given us a new year. Let’s seek to make it our best year ever! At our final exam we will all wish we had done more for the Lord.
Illustration: A young man was crossing a stream as he heard a voice whisper, “Take some pebbles. Tomorrow you will be both sad and glad.” He picked up a few and went on his way. The next day he remembered the pebbles. He pulled them from his pocket and saw that they were changed to diamonds. He was glad. Then he became sad because he had not gotten more. He could have had more!
One day we will stand before the Lord. We will be both sad and glad – Glad that we are with the Lord, but sad that we did not do more! [ ] Do you need to be saved? [ ] Do you need a new beginning?
[ ] I need to to be saved: Pray: “Dear God, I believe Jesus Christ died and rose from the grave to pay the price for my sin. I now receive Jesus Christ as my Saviour. I now turn (repent) to You from my past life and ask you to become my Lord and Saviour. I am now saved” – Amen!
[ ] I need a new beginning: Pray: Lord, I need to make changes in my life. I want to do more for You. I now pray and ask You for a new beginning as I face this new year. I want to do more for You.”
I will rejoice with you and send you helpful literature to help you have a good year.
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