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GETTING IN GEAR FOR THE NEW YEAR

 

Paul Schneidmill

 

Happy New Year to all!

 

I greet you this New Year with an apology.  I humbly apologize for my rhythmic, yet corny title for this first Bunker Chapel submission of 2005.

 

Allow me to explain why I did so.

 

The culture of the Christian Church I’ve been blessed to be united with throughout the majority of my lifetime, have been known to develop catchy, rhythmic slogans around the time of a new year, relative to goals and endeavors to be initiated and/or achieved during that particular year.  I’m exercising a concept from my heritage.     

 

Some examples are as follows:

 

Getting Our Breakthrough in 2002!

Becoming Debt-free in 2003!

Reaching for More in 2004!

 

You may or may not be familiar with this practice, and in principle, it is not a bad practice.  This particular practice is designed primarily to help and promote people to hope and strive for personal and collective betterment in the spiritual matters of life that pertain directly to the life that is to be lived for, in, and through Christ.

 

Unfortunately, many (within and without the Christian community) have improperly viewed this practice (that I believe is unique in facets of the body of Christ) to be synonymous with making what is commonly known as a “New Year’s Resolution.”

 

A “New Year’s Resolution” usually involves a determination or an intention an individual “resolves” to implement and accomplish during the New Year.  These “resolutions,” are almost always specific, personal goals (i.e. lose weight, quit smoking, save money, etc.) that are ultimately short-lived and rarely achieved.

 

Personally, I have no “goal” for this New Year, but there is something I would like to do.  I can’t view it as a goal I can “accomplish” because I don’t believe this particular endeavor has a completion point.  Also, it is something I’ve been striving to do for many years.

 

“What is it (you ask)?”  It’s getting to know God. 

 

In the letter the Apostle Paul wrote to the church of Philippi during what is believed as his first imprisonment in Rome, he discusses his achievements from an incredibly wise perspective.  He says that all he has accomplished, amount to the value of excrement in relation to his being able to know Christ from an experiential and relational standpoint (see Philippians 3:4-14 for a better understanding). 

 

Like my famous, Biblical namesake, I, too, want to “know Him.” (Philippians 3:10

 

I believe He can be known in a personal and intimate manner, however, because He is limitless and cannot be confined to human analysis, reasoning, or understanding; “knowing Him” is a wonderfully continuous, ongoing, and unending process.

 

Like most people and Christian church communities, I have goals and objectives I’d like to accomplish during 2005…but primarily, first and foremost above any and all else, I want to “know Him,” and continue to “know Him!”

 

I want to lose some weight (believe me), but that cannot take precedence above my active efforts to “know Him.”

 

I want to get out of debt and become a better steward of the material resources I’m blessed to have, but that cannot supersede my active efforts to “know Him.”

 

I want the wisdom that is needed to win souls to Him (Proverbs 11:30) and to do that I’m going to need to “know” the One who freely gives wisdom to any of His children who needs it (James 1:5-7).

 

For 2005, I’m going to strive to continue to “know Him” more.  I’m going to search for His prominence (Psalm 105:4) and His eternal spiritual sovereignty (Matthew 6:33), for in that respect, I’ll have assurance that I’ll be:

 

GETTING IN GEAR FOR THE NEW YEAR!  

 

Copyright © 2004, Paul Schneidmill