And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire. And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. Revelation 20:11-15; 21:1
I wrote a poem for a young girl's birthday titled, "What Will You Do With Today" which is posted on my poetry pages on this site under the "Spiritual Fiction & Poetry" tab above. (Notice that I recently changed the page navigation to add some of my fiction.) It points out the truth that God is counting our life by the days...not the years. Remember, Jesus said for us to take one day at a time, and that there was enough to worry about inside of a day, without borrowing from the next day's worries. Matthew 6:34 But, planning for change is never the same as worrying. One is reactive, the other is proactive. We plan for the future to prevent worrying. And, New Years is the best time to make those future plans.
Have you started on your New Year's resolutions yet? I mentioned change in my last blog, the change that God brings into our lives. But, there is another change to reckon with. That first change is an external change in the circumstances in which we live. This change is a change within our hearts, minds, souls, habits, beliefs, and desires. Look at that list of resolutions. Which category does most of your resolutions fall within? Maybe it is a mixed bag? Believe it or not, the easiest way to change your outer living circumstances is by changing something within yourself. If you want to lose weight, you have to change some thoughts as well as the habits. If you want to read more books, then you have to change some thoughts. If you want a better job, then you have to change some thoughts. It is the way you think about food, books, and work that affects your habits in those and other areas.
Change itself is something we often need to think differently about. I read a book years ago titled, "Who Moved My Cheese?" by Spencer Johnson. I highly recommend the book for those facing life changes. Sometimes life changes spark inner changes in our hearts and minds that will move us farther than we could have imagined. I always heard in the business world that sometimes it is good to make a lateral move to be able to climb vertically. This is true, because sometimes, "you can't get there from here."
"If you do what you've always done, you will get what you've always got." This maxim holds true. As a matter of fact, sometimes the best step is to step away, step ahead, step out, or step up. For when you are standing still, nothing will improve. That's why I always know that when things start happening, that God is working. The things that happen may sometimes seem surprising, or shocking, but they are meant to move us in the direction of our best life; of all our hopes and dreams. Romans 8:28
New Years Resolutions. To resolve means to decide. Have you made any decisions. I have always kept my resolutions. The year I decided to lose weight, I lost 50 pounds. I met my husband the year I resolved to date again. I learned Greek, and went back to College, and found a job here so I could move back home from Atlanta, and gave away Bibles, and read the Bible through more than 30 times, and the list goes on. Resolutions are not attempts, or promises, but decisions. This is something that happens inside your head. You have to change the way you think to carry out a resolution. Sometimes, you have to move the cheese yourself.