I propose that a “fresh start” failure is directly linked to one’s relationship (or lack thereof) to Christ.
As a professing Christian, I say that Christ is my life.
Christ is my life.
Wow. My “life’s” not my physical well-being, my wardrobe, or my Facebook page. Not my husband, my kids, or my dog. Not my job, my intellect, or my reputation.
No. All I am is Christ. All I must desire is Christ. I depend on Christ for each and every breath I take. I depend on Christ to hold this universe together and plant my feet on the floor each morning.
Christ lives. Outside of me, in spite of me, because of me, inside me.
As my pastor says so eloquently, Christ is my animating center.
So … as I reach #4 in my list of 31 Ways to Give Your New Year a Fresh Start, I must not hurry past this absolute and integral piece to newness of life:
4. Die to self (and selfish, self-centeredness); live in Christ.
A zealous, continual, renewing pursuit of Christ and all his riches is my primary aim this new year.
I refuse to be enslaved by guilt when I mess up and fall short. Guilt is a paralyzing and toxic detriment to spiritual growth.
Tomorrow, we’ll look at some practical ideas for pursuing Christ daily.
Is Christ your life? If not, what is?
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