The Trumpet Sounds

‘The Here And Now’

By Barry Pettit - Religion Columnist

I recently saw this quote, “No one can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.” I really began to think about that statement. The conclusion was that we don’t start over; but we begin again right where we are, making things better in our lives.

As a believer in Christ, it is not about saying I will do this and I won’t do that and then dropping the idea or falling short. It is more about asking the Lord to help us each day, to fall deeper and deeper in love with Him. The result of doing that will keep our focus set on the things of heaven, and not on all the things of this earth.

If I were to make a New Year resolution, it would be to have a deeper commitment, a deeper love, and a deeper worship for the Lord. God has taught me in 2015 that He is more than enough. I want you to know He is more than enough for every area of your life, and He wants others to know the same thing!

This year I am determined to make Him my all and all. He wants our undivided attention in spite of the distractions and trials that are waiting around the corner. If we are going to overcome the challenges of this life Jesus has to be our main focus.

How we will end this year will be determined by how we started it. Do we want to strengthen our intimate relationship with our Lord? I looked up the word intimacy and the meaning is to be close, familiar, very personal and private.

Do you want a new ending this year? How do you want the ending of your life? If you’re not a Christian, please know that this could be the best New Year of your life. Your life can be filled with hope and peace. To know what the ending will be is an extra bonus. Why should every year be the same as the one before with nothing really changing? After all, the New Year resolutions may or may not get accomplished.

If you are a Christian and you feel stagnant in your relationship with the Lord, then now is the time to rekindle your love for Jesus. He calls us to Himself and says, “Come away my beloved.” Can you hear Him? He is tugging at your heart. The real ending in our life will be when Jesus says well done my good and faithful servant. That statement will be for someone who took the time to get to know Him, love Him, and that obediently followed Him.

So as we move into 2016 I encourage us all to refocus on our personal relationship with Jesus. As a nation we need to wake up and strengthen what remains before it is too late. Our hope must be placed back into the Lord. He is ready to help us for His word says that: Being confident of this that He who began a good work in you will be faithful to complete it. Phil 1:6.

In Christ,

Barry Pettit

Lead Minister

South Side Church of Christ

‘The Here And Now’

By Barry Pettit

Religion Columnist