Boulder Creek United Methodist Church
As this New Year begins, it is a great time to count our blessings and ask for God’s direction, as we strive to follow and honor Him through the way we live our lives.
I’m not much for New Year resolutions, however, I find that the beginning of a new calendar year does afford me an opportunity to reflect on practices in my life that need to be adjusted, renewed or stopped. Such reflection can be deeply spiritual and set a tone for a fresh or new outlook for my life.
“Yet, O Lord, You are our Father. We are the clay, You are the potter; we are all the work of Your hand” (Isa. 64:8)
We were all created and designed as vessels, filled and overflowing with God’s grace, love, compassion, assistance, strength and comfort. May He continue His work in us; may we be pliable in His hands. Happy New Year,
Do we make New Year’s Resolutions that we have no intention of keeping, then feel guilty about it the rest of the year? I’m sure that a healthy dose of guilt is NOT a good way to start 2015! Guilt leads us to shame, and shame means we lose the ability to make changes. We are immobilized by shame. Acknowledging we made a mistake, followed by repentance and then making plans to move forward is a healthy new beginning. I doubt that any of us have never made a mistake. Maybe even several! But our Christian Gospel is NOT about wallowing in the past and feeling guilty, it is accepting God’s forgiveness and seeking a fresh start. Yes, acknowledging past mistakes is a vital first step, but just as important we must be open to God’s Forgiveness. Jesus, on the Cross, prayed for those who crucified him, asking God to “forgive them for they know not what they are doing.” God’s forgiveness is available. But, as important, we must forgive ourselves. Our Lord’s prayer includes the line, “forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.” Resolutions are good. Setting goals for ourselves is important. It keeps our eyes above the day-to-day tasks. This is a way to let go of the past and, with God’s graceful help, move into our future. I look forward to growing with you in our faith.
New Years Messages From Our Pastors