Older, Wiser?

It is a new year. You will have another birthday this year. You are progressing towards that age (whatever that age may be) where you are either making the climb up the hill, or tumbling down the backside of it.

So you’ll be another year older this year, but will you be another year wiser?

How are you spending your money compared to last year?

How are you spending your time?

What are your goals?

How do you plan to reach them?

But most importantly, how is your character? Are you a better person than last year? Have you grown in your understanding of what makes you tick, how you respond to circumstances, and are you making adjustments/corrections to improve your character?

Overall, it is the Word of God that improves character. It is the power of the Holy Spirit moving on the Word of the Lord and the manifest presence of Jesus in your life evidenced by the fruit of the Spirit. In other words, it is a supernatural change for the depraved mind and body to be turned over to righteousness. It is not anything we do, it is in obedience to the command of the Lord and in submission to His Spirit.

King Solomon, noted as one of the wisest men of his time, found his wisdom by exhausting the things of this world. He came to a fullness in understanding that everything on earth, even wisdom itself, is futile if not Christ ruled. Although his reign preceded the life of Christ, He knew the Spirit in the Word of the Law and Prophets.

“Look, I have increased in wisdom more than anyone who has ruled over Jerusalem before me; I have experienced much of wisdom and knowledge.” Then I applied myself to the understanding of wisdom, and also of madness and folly, but I learned that this, too, is a chasing after the wind.” – Ecclesiastes 1:16-17

In short, you want a better year than last year? Then be a better man or woman. And you get there by being more like Christ.

Not an easy thing to tackle, but it starts with surrendering it over to the Lord. Just because you are older, doesn’t mean you are wiser. Just because it is a new year, doesn’t mean you are going to do it better than last year. You have to put faith into action. You have to be expecting to make mistakes and be ready and willing to ask for forgiveness and learn from them. You have to approach the year with humility, knowing you will make mistakes, and make a decision to respond to them differently than last year.

Get ready… 2011 will be a year of growth.

You will see more bad news, more earthquakes, natural disasters and famines. More political and social unrest, more wars and rumors of wars. But in the midst of the collapse of the world you can remain strong. And although an imperfect witness to the perfection of Christ, He will use you despite your imperfection to bring His message to the world.

How will your character grow this year?

Will you be older AND wiser?

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