It’s the first week of 2022, and right on schedule – I’m back at the gym this week, of course, it’s only Monday and we’ll see how this goes. Each year often begins with a new set of expectations, longings, and commitments. Some years these resolutions are met with greater degrees of success than others, and the difference is always the way we work to accomplish those goals.
Imagine if you, like me, resolved to eat a little healthier and exercise along the way, but then on the first day the alarm goes off and you hit “snooze” a few times. Then on the way out the door to a shortened workout (remember you overslept), you grabbed a donut or two and a coke just to get you through until lunch. At lunch you go with a co-worker and order a double cheeseburger and fries (can you tell that all I’ve eaten today is a salad?) because surely one more meal can’t hurt. I’m not saying this to make you feel guilty if you didn’t get off to a great start, but eventually, if you are going to achieve your goals you’ll have to start working toward your goal.
This year at Eastmont Baptist Church we are inviting everyone to join us on a journey to read through the Bible together. To be sure this is a commitment that is no small undertaking, but it is the sort of commitment that offers tremendous reward for those who go with us. There will be obstacles and times that some of us just don’t feel like reading that day but on those days I pray that we will hear the words of the Apostle Paul to a weary and often distracted church to, “run in such a way that you may win.”
The faith family of Eastmont Baptist Church has been called to know, to love, and to serve our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. And that beginning of answering that call is to know the one who has revealed Himself to us through His Word. May the Lord use our joint commitment to knowing His Word to strengthen and nourish our souls, to heal our brokenness, and to mobilize us for effective ministry in 2022