A man bought a new radio, took it home and placed it on the bench. He tuned it to WMS Nashville and then proceeded to pull off all the knobs. He had tuned in to all he wanted to hear, so the knobs were superfluous dust-collectors.
I think that man has a lesson for us. His mind was closed to anything other than what he heard from WMS Nashville. We might think him silly, but how often do we close our MINDS in just such a way and refuse to change our ways?
The New Year has begun, and while new year’s day is just another day, like all others to many people, it is a time when most activities and ministries are in recess for the six weeks or more of school holidays (here in Australia at least). This lull in regular activities presents us with a good opportunity to review and assess, to re-think and maybe to re-arrange or to implement new ideas.
As we commence a new year, may we each face it with OPENNESS. May our desire be to continue to learn; to continue to grow; to be open to new ideas without compromising our ethical beliefs and standards; to continue to develop more loving and caring characteristics; to be better citizens in our community.
As we who are blood-bought, adopted children of the living God commence a new year of service for the King of kings, may we face it with OPENNESS: openness to WHATEVER He asks of us; openness to want to be used by Him WHEREVER and in WHATEVER capacity HE chooses. May we be OPEN to His leading and direction at all times, keeping our focus only on Him and His will.
May we be fully open to His desire for a closer relationship as we learn more and more from His Word and learn to trust Him more fully.
Do not be conformed to this world,
but be transformed by the RENEWING of your MIND,
that you may prove
what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
Openness is essentially the willingness to grow, with a distaste for ruts.
The only difference between a rut and a grave is in their dimensions
Good verses for 2013
Awake you who sleep, arise from the dead, and Christ will give you light.
See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,
redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
Therefore, do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is.
1 Corinthians 15:58
Therefore , my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable,
always abounding in the work of the Lord,
knowing that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.