Resolutions

      The new year is upon us. The year 2013 is history, and 2014 awaits history to be made. Each new year is a time for making resolutions. Folks look to the past. They take inventory. Then they look to the new and determine some things will be different. New Year's resolutions. The apostle Paul made a resolution. We read about this in the book of Philippians. His resolution was not for a new year...but for a new life. He looked at what his life used to be. He was a person who put confidence in the flesh...in himself. As for legalistic righteousness, he considered himself to be without fault. He thought he was a pretty good guy. Then he met Jesus. His life was changed. He considered everything about his life before Jesus as a loss. In fact, he considered everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Jesus Then he made his new life resolution. He wanted to know Jesus. And he wanted to press on in getting to know Jesus. He said, "Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus." This year let's make Paul's resolve our resolve. In 2014 we will press on to know Jesus more. And we will press on toward that goal. Spend more time in prayer. Spend more time reading and meditating on God's word. Attend worship. Do these things, and we will know Jesus more. God bless you with grace and peace as you press on to know Jesus more.