The Old is Gone the New Has Come

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Happy New Year

A blank canvas, lays before us. And God willing an opportunity over the next 365 days, to live in a way that brings honor to Him, to do something meaningful, to impact our world.
Every year on January 1st I pray and ask what He would have me focus on in the coming year. This year it was very clear to me that the mission, the focus is to be peace. Peace With God. Honoring the truce, the ceasefire that He initiated on the cross. My part in this agreement is to follow Him closely, shutting out and dealing with the sin I so easily embrace. Sin that seeks to interrupt the peace He has graciously offered me.
And peace with others. It is so easy to allow the peace in my home, my work, my friendships, my interacting with those I come in contact with to be stolen. So my prayer for me and for you is that in the coming year we would experience peace with God and the peace of God in all we do.
I will transition to a new blog name soon. The new site name will be HCliff.com
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“Now at last they were beginning chapter One of the great story no one on earth has read: which goes on forever”. I love this line at the end of the Last Battle by C.S. Lewis. Everyone has a story to tell and ultimately we are all part of a greater story that someday will be revealed in full. “ For now, we can only see a dim and blurry picture of things”. ( 1 Corinthians 13:12). My story is not remarkable, although the events I have had the privilege in my life to witness have been. I grew up in the south “the land of cotton” and the old times there were definitely not forgotten. I remember where I was and what I was doing when JFK and Martin Luther King were murdered in Dallas and in Memphis. I remember the Civil Rights movement, a time of great unrest and change. I remember the dawning of the “Age of Aquarius” in the late 1960’s. It was also the dawning of my love for playing music, a love that has stayed with me throughout my life. If my life were chapters in a book one would tell of my precious bride of 20+ years who endured so much and stood beside me through the good and the bad. One would describe the blessings of being a father and a grandfather. One would tell about how despite being “the wretch” the song sings about God was able to change me, and use me to make a difference in others lives, make me a servant in His church, and surround me with friends all because of His goodness. All part of a story that has had many twists and turns. I think of the words Jimmy Buffet wrote in one of my favorite songs "As a dreamer of dreams and a travelin’ man I have chalked up many a mile Read dozens of books about heroes and crooks And I learned much from both of their styles" And so it is true for me. But in all of my travels and all I have read and experienced nothing compares to where I am headed. The place where my story here ends and the story that goes on forever begins! "" I am confident that He who began a good work in you will carry it on until completion until the day He returns". Philippians 1:6 My hope is that as we all run our race that in some small way my words will encourage and speak to you, as your story is being written. And draw you ever closer to the One who loves you. Further up and further in!
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One Response to The Old is Gone the New Has Come

  1. ptl2010 says:

    Amen and God bless you Cliff as you endeavour to please Him in all you do in 2018.

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