New Day’s Resolution

“Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.” Psalms 51:10

At the gym last week, I met a sister in Christ. I began a conversation. “You know next week this place is going to be packed.” Not understanding my comment, she asked me why.

“New year’s resolutions. Everyone wants to get into shape, lose weight.” I informed her from my memory of last January’s well-intentioned. As the year went by, familiar faces gradually disappeared.

Laughing she said, “I make mine simple, things I can keep. I only want to be closer to Him.”

“That is my goal too, to be closer to God. I keep trying.”

At home, I thought more about our conversation, my response, and what I hoped to do to get closer to God this year. Jolted by the realization everyone views a new year as “the” new beginning, I was reminded each day is a new beginning. Often I fall short of the mark, stumble, fall, or fail. It would be so easy to give up, just quit.

I know my God loves me, forgives me, and renews my spirit whenever I ask him. My resolution for a closer relationship should not be just for the new year, but a morning prayer for the fresh beginning of each new day, my new day’s resolution.

“Lord, thank you for forgiving me when I fail and lifting me when I fall. Cleanse my heart and renew my spirit. Help me to stay right with you. Amen.”


~ by Debbie Richardson on December 30, 2011.

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