Turn Over A New Leaf

leafPastor Tom Townsend Shares …

Turn Over A New Leaf

A New Year is a great time to think about turning over a new leaf – Starting fresh with positive goals that will better our lives. Using the calendar, a new year, many times helps us focus on the opportunity we have to improve our lives.

Most of the time when we think about turning over a new leaf, we focus on moving from something negative to something positive. Like, I want to quite eating “junk food” and start eating more “healthy food.” I want to quite this “bad habit” and start this “good habit.” I want to lose this weight and get to this new weight.

But all that is easier said than done. It takes work, desire, discipline, dedication. Really, it is all about being Intentional in our lives. Doing this or that, or not doing this or that intentionally, is what brings about a desired result. It is Growth in a purposeful way.

Let me suggest some Intentional Spiritual Goals for 2016.

Grow in God’s Word
II Tim 3:16 – “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching [what is right] for reproof [what is not right] for correction [how to get right] and for training in righteousness [how to stay right].”

Grow in God’s Grace
II Pet 3:18 – “But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.”

Grow in God’s Son
Eph 4:15 – “…speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into Him who is the head, into Christ.”

Grow with God’s People
Heb 10:24-25 – “Let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.”

A New Year is a great time to think about turning over a new leaf – Getting intentional in our lives. Let me encourage you to get intentional with your Spiritual Life. Plan — Be Intentional — to take your “next Spiritual Step,” whatever that may be.

I am so thankful that God intentionally sent His Son to die for us – John 3:16 – for us. We need to be Intentional as we live for Him.

Pressing Toward the Mark and Happy New Year,

Pastor Tom — Phil. 3:14