Start the New Year Right
While I'm not a mathematician, I'm sure I've got these numbers right because I used a calculator. When the clock strikes midnight, ushering in the New Year, you receive a deposit of 365 days in your time bank. Or to put it differently, you start the year with 8760 hours or 535,600 minutes. And so will every other man who reads this email.
How each of us spends that time will determine our spiritual development and impact over the next 365 days. To say, "Yes," to something or someone good, we must say, "No," to something or someone not so good. Every such decision will result in an investment of time. How we spend that time will shape our character and destiny. With that in mind, I'd like you to join me in making a small, but significant investment of time every day in 2011. We've got a fresh year ahead ... a clean slate. Would you join me in renewing your commitment to spend time each day in ways that will cause you to look back in one year and smile. More importantly, this use of time will prompt God to look at how you spent the year and smile.
Will you join me in making the five daily commitments of a Mighty Man?
1) Time in God's Word.
2) Time in prayer.
3) Maintain sexual purity.
4) Daily affirm my family.
5) Help the helpless.
Ultimately, God is the one who makes us grow and uses us to influence others for him. But I'm convinced well spent time is the environment which unleashes his grace to work in and through us ... that is ... time used wisely. Hopefully, in a year we'll all feel we invested those days, hours and minutes in a way that will help win the battle for our heart, our families and friends. I hope you have a blessed New Year in the Lord.
I've always been fascinated by trains. I used to lay in bed at night, before falling asleep, and imagine climbing into a freight car and traveling across the country. Even now when I hear a faraway train whistle from the deck of my house it stirs up an urge to travel.
It may surprise you to discover that there is nothing you can do to endear yourself to others more than opening up and being vulnerable. If you’ll build more windows and fewer walls, you’ll have more shoulder to shoulder friends. We all need at least one person to whom we can tell everything.
Brothers, I urge you to join me in investing our lives into endeavors that truly matter, into things that are of eternal consequence. The crowns that the world bestows on us wither away all too quickly. But long after the accolades are gone and the light fades on our careers, we can wear a crown that lasts forever if we yield our time, treasures and talents to God.