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2018 — Happy New Year

By Don Loftis | 12.27.17

When I was a child, if I had seen a date like 2018, I would have viewed it as science fiction.  Time passes, and it is hard to believe that most of us have celebrated as many new years as we have.

 

At various stages, the Jews have honored four different dates as marking a new year of activity.  The most common is that of Rosh Hashanah which occurs in the fall — not the winter.  It was celebrated with the blowing of horns (Num. 29:1), and it served as the civil (legal) beginning of the year.  It celebrated God’s creation of Adam and Eve and was used to mark the beginnings of  Sabbath years and the year of Jubilee.  This date also provided the dividing line for the yearly tithe.

 

We use the beginning of the new year to “look into the mirror” of our own lives.  We evaluate our behaviors relative to our health and our family.  We reshape our priorities to better put first things first.  New year’s resolutions allow us to refocus and recommit ourselves to better ways of living.

 

In looking in the mirror this year, let’s be sure to include our relationship with God.  Where does He rank in our priorities?  How much are we giving to Him?  What changes could be made to better serve Him and to lead our families in a daily walk of faith?  The best resolution is not to eat better or exercise more; it is to love the Lord with all our heart, soul, mind and strength.

 


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