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Challenges

Challenges

The Messenger. 01.03.08
Written by members of the Obion County Ministerial Association
Each New Year presents a challenge to us individually and corporately as churches and communities.
In Philippians Chapter 3, the apostle Paul reminds us that we have not arrived at perfection (maturity) nor fulfilled the plan God has for our lives.
We must not “live in the past” — that is, dwell on our failures or successes — to the degree that we neglect the goals and opportunities before us.
Yet we can benefit from our past, if we learn what needs to be changed and what is worthwhile to keep.
What do we plan to accomplish in the new year?
The list of resolutions could be endless. Buy why not focus on a realistic set of priorities? Instead of many general goals, set your mind on targets that may not easily be achieved but are important to you and your relationship to God and to others. Paul further says, “This one thing I do, I press toward the mark.”
Goals that affect your health, your finances and your happiness are indeed worthy. But those ambitions with eternal consequences are essentials. Be sure of your salvation and relationship with God.
What do you need to do in order to hear Him say, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant”?
Would you have a more effective witness if you changed some habits and some attitudes and started doing some things that would bless and encourage others?
No doubt this year will pass rapidly and we will come to this point of evaluation again.
Our accomplishments will be achieved as we live out our desires day by day.
2008 … the opportunity is before us!
Wayne McLean
Director of Senior Activities
First Church of God
415 South Miles Ave.

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