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Saturday, January 4, 2014

Saturday Sermonette--The First Day of the Rest of Your Life

Everyone is busy setting goals and resolutions by the score. How about you? I don't do resolutions anymore, just goals. I'm feeling pretty pleased that one has already been accomplished--never mind that it was nearly finished before the end of 2013 and my goal had been to finish and send the manuscript plus one other one before then. But this is a new day with new goals.

Someone a few years back coined the phrase, "This is the first day of the rest of your life." The hope was that people would realize their faults and failures belong to the past, which can't be changed, but they could start out new now.

One of the enemy's best tricks is to convince you that you can't change or improve. That your bad habits are too deeply ingrained to fix. That you aren't worth anything, so what's the use? Well, the enemy is wrong.

Maybe today just change one thing. Do the improved habit for 21 days and you will create a new habit. Then try one more.

For instance, maybe you want to stop smoking. Today, smoke one less than you did yesterday. Tomorrow repeat that. How many smokes are in a pack? Maybe by the end of 21 days you will be a nonsmoker! How would that be?

Or maybe you want to improve your diet. I would start by dropping sugar (or at least sugary treats and drinks). Replace it with a protein--maybe almonds or peanuts. Twenty-one days later, stop eating french fries or potato chips or maybe even Cheetos.

It won't be easy, but you are totally worth it. God didn't make any junk, and He did create you.

God bless your new year and your new day!
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