As January rolls around, it is time for a great new beginning. If you could get a “fresh start” what do you hope to accomplish this year? For some of us we look and say-this year I am going to make some changes. Others of us say, January 1 is not really different than December 31, but imagine if January 1 you woke up and found what Ruth Balloon found a couple of weeks ago.
Ruth Balloon is a Dallas woman working hard in a boot shop and she decided to check her bank account. When she logged onto her account, imagine her shock when she saw that her account was not short any money but had a very large deposit. Ruth found her bank account showed a balance of $37,203,337!! When she saw this she said to herself “I was like, wow we have a lot of money.” Rather than rushing out on a spending spree Ruth’s husband called Legacy Texas Bank to find out happened. It turns out that there was a clerical error that caused this amazing deposit. Ruth says “I was a millionaire and I have a screenshot to prove it.”1
So imagine what kind of new start you could have in 2020, if you had 37 million dollars. I don’t share the story to ask what would you do if you discovered the mistake- I hope I know what you would do- but to ask do you need to have 37 million to get a fresh start. As Christians, we often forget to realize what God has given us with a “new start.” 2 Corinthians 5:17-20 says,
17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! 18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men's sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 20 We are therefore Christ's ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ's behalf: Be reconciled to God.
According to this passage, when we become believers we are made new again! We can rejoice in understanding that the deposit God makes in our lives is not a “clerical error” rather it is a gift given to us by the creator Himself. For so many people they live with guilt, anger, hurts and worries that God wants to take care of and let us have that “new start.” As the New Year begins, I hope that you can rejoice not only that it is 2020 but that God sent His son so that we can live a life of reconciliation and one of power.
Imagine, waking up and someone deposited $86,400 in your account every day. What would you do? Suppose there is just one catch, you must spend it every day. Every day a deposit is made but you can’t carry it over because at the end of the day it is gone. Would you live differently? Would you spend your money differently? Would you change the way you see your family and friends? The reality is God deposits in your “account” every day. There are 86,400 seconds in each day, when the day is done, they are all gone. This year live each day to the fullest. Be thankful for the blessings God has given you. Be aware that time is passing and tomorrow is a gift none of us is guaranteed. Live today as a new creation and thank the Lord for all the gifts He has given to you, and may 2020 be the best year ever.
One of our preschoolers bumped his head on his way in this morning. He was walking along, turned back to see what was happening behind him but continued to walk forward. He didn't see the big air conditioning unit in front of him...until he ran into it with his head! He's a tough kid! After about 3 minutes of an ice pack (and ZERO tears) he was fine, up running and playing! If only adults could let troubles bounce off of us like that sometimes!!
It made me think that that is a perfect picture of how some of us approach a new year. We get so busy looking behind, remembering past glories and living in the "good old days" that we miss what's happening ahead of us...until it hits us over the head!
Mollie, our "baby," is in her Senior Year of high school. We are very proud of all she's accomplished so far, personally, academically and athletically! God is raising her up to be a wonderful Christian young woman. 🙂 It is very tempting, as a parent, to dwell on the great times and think about how we'll miss going to her games or seeing her work hard to achieve a goal here at BHS. But if we spend all our time thinking about what has passed, we'll miss the HERE and NOW, and especially miss looking forward to the exciting life ahead of her! At that rate, graduation and college will "bump us over the head" and we'll be left icing instead of experiencing all the great things God has planned for her future.
Paul would have never bumped his head on an AC unit:
13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14
I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:13-14
Let's approach the new year as I believe God would have us approach every new day! Let's remember and learn from the past but fix our eyes ahead on God's plans for our lives now and in the future. That's where we should LIVE! It should help us avoid any unnecessary bumps and keep us on His path!
One week until school is out. teachers are so excited to finally be able to get things done. Things they have put off for months. It seem like we rush from one event to the other, never having enough time to do the things needed. Well I love the verse from 1 John 4:7-8 "7 Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. 8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love." In college we would sing this verse, so it got stuck in my brain. This reminds me that sometimes getting a long list of chores done is not always needed, even if its what I think I should be doing. Sometimes we just need to slow down and think about loving one another. I love spending time with the family of God. Our family is really good at coming together and helping each other out in times of need. Thank you church family for demonstrating that love that comes from God. I love you all!
Please stop by our Church Library in the Dorcas classroom and see the books that were added to the collection over the summer. There are about 65 of them! Thank you very much to those who donated. There is a list of the new books in the purple folder on the desk and “New to Our Library” bookmarks in the books on the shelves. To check out a book, just enter the date, book title and your name in the spiral notebook on the desk.
05 Byron Ryder
12 Charlie Waters
19 Don Yeates
26 RC Dittmar
05 Jeannine Myers & Mike Heffler
12 Phil Skelton & Bill Womack
19 Gary Danford & Raymond Pierson
26 Susan Hawthorne & Cindy Early
Marilyn & Mike Wilkinson