Genesis 1:3-5 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.

NYE, New Year’s Eve, is there a better time than now to talk about beginnings? While many of you will not see the opening verses of the bible to be the original source of New Year’s resolutions allow me to point out a thing or two.

Tomorrow with be the first day of the New Year. There is a point of demarcation, the counting down of an end of time, a running out of time.

God separate the Light from the Darkness, night and day. Note that the evening or darkness is called out first, as if moving from darkness to light is the natural order of things. What is a New Year’s resolution if it is not a resolve to do better and cast off the mistakes of the past?

In this we resolve by force of will to change. Once of the noted anticipations of New Year’s resolutions is the failure in human resolve. It is inevitable as being human, we cannot help ourselves.

Now allow me to point out my last point and I believe it is the most important one to begin this next year. God said, “Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.

God said, God saw and separated. There was no human resolve of will in moving from darkness into light. We somehow forget that and hope with no history of performance that sheer will is enough to change us. 

With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.” Matthew, Mark, and Luke agree.

 You are running out of time.


Ephesians 6:13 Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. NASB

I stand in the middle of my dilemma and I ask myself, have I done everything. In my mind it seems I have left something undone, missed something, but I do not know what.

By faith I seem to have all the answers but I live in this world and in it not all answers come by faith. I know this of a truth because if it were not so, then none who believe by faith would suffer.

We do suffer and hurt while we stand by helpless as others suffer. Trust God. Yes, but have I done everything? I feel like I have not but my feelings are flesh, weak and fallible.

I doubt I am alone in this. I could pray more. I could pray better. Sadly I do not trust the quality of my prayers for the sound like a whiner and a complainer more than one who praises and is thankful.

Psalms 100:4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.

It is hard to be thankful and bless while those you love suffer. I guess I want to blame someone and I cannot blame God, so I look to my own actions.

It is my armor but I am not the one being attacked.

Lord, please, tell me what you would have me do so that I might know I have done everything. Amen