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It’s hard to believe 2018 is nearing an end and 2019 is just around the corner. At this time of the year we often hear the song “Auld Lang Syne” being sung. After all these years of hearing that song, I finally decided to look up the meaning of that phrase the other day. I found out it is the title of a poem written by the famous Scot poet Robert Burns in 1788. The phrase “auld lang syne” actually means “old long since” but basically means “days gone by”.   There is some benefit in remembering events from our past, the good and the bad. We should remember the negative things we’ve done and plan to never repeat them. The good that we have done should be continued and improved upon if possible. However, we should never let our sins and shortcomings cause us to freeze for fear of failure, nor should we never move forward and “rest on our laurels” for the good we’ve done.

The apostle Paul said in Philippians 3:13-14: “Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do; forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” The Apostle had sins from his past for which he was very ashamed, but he also made great accomplishments for the Lord. But, he was forgetting all those things and each day reaching out to do the will of God. What a great example for us and we begin to think about a new year.

Let’s reflect on a few things we might consider as we start this new season of our lives.

*I want to be a more diligent Bible student. 2 Timothy 2:15 – “Study to show yourself approved unto God.”

*I want to improve my prayer life. 1 Thessalonians 5:17 - “Pray without ceasing.”

*I want to be a more liberal giver. 2 Corinthians 9:7 – “God loves a cheerful giver.”

*I want to be a teacher of the gospel. Mark 16:15 – “Preach the gospel to all creation.”

*I want to rid myself of addictions. 1 Corinthians 6:19 – “Your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit.”

*I want to be more faithful in my church attendance. – Hebrews 10:25 – “Nor forsaking our own assembling together.”

*I want to be totally committed to being an obedient child of God in all aspects of my life.

Let’s dedicate ourselves to being the best we can be in this new year and encouraging those around us to do the same. My prayer is that God will bless each of us this year as we strive to do his will more perfectly. Happy New Year.

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