Adventure is Out There: 5 Daily Devotions to Start Your New Year Right

Adventure is Out There: 5 Daily Devotionals to Start Your New Year Right

Introductory Thoughts: 

I do not understand what I do.  For what I want to do I do not do.  But what I hate I do.  Romans 7:14

This sentence was penned by the apostle Paul in a letter he wrote to the church at Rome close to two thousand years ago.  But when I read it, especially when I read it right now, January 1st, of 2016 I’m pretty sure Paul was actually talking about New Year’s resolutions.

Has anyone else ever said, “I do not understand what I do.  I started my diet yesterday and today I ate three slices of pizza and a half a carton of ice cream.”

Or, “I had every intention of going on that one mile run today.  The truth is, I didn’t do that.  On the bright side, my finger got in some vigorous exercise by turning the channel from Food network to HGTV over and over again all day long.  “For what I want to do I do not do.”

I committed to nag and criticize my husband less but so far I’ve called him lazy, told him to fix the toilet three times (in a five minute span), and warned him if I find his dirty socks on the floor again I’m canceling NFL network.  He told me he was tired.  I told him I’ve been tired since 2007.  “But what I hate I do.”

We can all identify in some way, right?  Who hasn’t set a goal only to break it two days, okay let’s get real, two hours later.

Are you like me?  Have you had a faulty follow-through for so long that you’re debating even landing on a New Year’s Resolution this year?

I’d like to assert we need less of New Years resolutions and just a little more New Year’s resolve.   We need some ‘sticktuitveness’, which isn’t technically a word but certainly get’s the point across.

So what I’d like to do is spend the first five days of 2016 going over some basic principles that hopefully will encourage you and me to summon some New Years resolve.  I warn you; I’m quite certain all of what I will write about has been written about before.  I’m quite sure that none of this information will surprise or shock you.  These principles are about the furthest from rocket science that you can possibly get.  But, what I can say for sure is IF, IF and only IF, you and I can put these five principles into practice they wield the power to drastically alter the year ahead.

So let’s make 2016 a year where we can say, “For what I want to do I do.  But what I hate I don’t do.”

Tomorrow you will find Day 1 of these five day devotional series right here on this blog.  Hope you’ll tune in.

Christy Fay