Did you turn over an old leaf or a new leaf in 2017? Everything in my old body—which is bound for extinction—desires to turn over an old leaf as the New Year begins. Less eating, less spending and less speaking along with more exercise rise to the top of my list. Everything in my new body in Christ Jesus—which is bound for eternity—leads to Turning a New Leaf. Psalm 1 (read on day one of January) inspired my decision. I resolve to be as a tree planted by streams of water which yields fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither…one who prospers (v.3).
Ads for fitness products, health choices, life insurance, safety provisions and financial security are touted on airways and cyber space as beneficial for self-preservation and family well being. None of these compare with being firmly planted in faith in God. Therefore, I purpose to edify my faith in 2017 by seeking to know more of God and less of the things of this world. At the end of the year, it is my guess that I will have also eaten, spent and spoken less and exercised more. Turning a New Leaf is a win win resolution!
But blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit (Jeremiah 17:7-8)
The mark of a leaf is dependent on the tree that nourishes it. Trees rooted in Christ produce leaves that live on into eternity. Together let us resolve to turn to God in new ways in 2017. Turn a New Leaf and leave a faith mark in your family, your community and your Nation.
Let me know what New Leaf Resolutions you are embracing this year. I will gladly support your efforts in prayer.