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New Year Revolutions
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We’ve all heard of New Year's resolutions, right? In fact, we may have heard so much about them and dealt with them so much that we’ve actually lost a desire to even make them. But let’s not even ponder the old idea of whether or not we actually keep those January promises. Instead, let’s think about making some New Year's revolutions.

So, what’s a New Year's revolution? Well, I’m not sure. I’m still thinking about it myself. What I am sure of, however, is that it doesn’t start and stop with a personal change, but rather it starts personally and grows outward. And the greatest place for revolution is with God at the center.

So how can we go forward in spiritual revolution? We could start by following King David’s desire for an unquenchable desire for God’s Word. Psalm 42:1, 2 (NIV) says, “As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I got and meet with God?” This makes me think of the deer I see right now all over our Iowa landscape. I look at them and wonder where and how they’re getting water to drink. I think they must be almost panting for it as they come upon frozen waters. Wouldn’t it be revolutionary if we as Christians actually had an unquenchable thirst for God’s word?

Unquenchable Thirst

In addition to an unquenchable thirst for God’s word, we can follow Job’s desire for making it our food as well. In fact, Job valued God’s word more than food! “I have treasured the words of His [God’s] mouth more than my necessary food.” Job 23:12 (NKJV) There’s another revolutionary thought! Just think of all the unnecessary food we’ve had over the holidays. What would happen if we valued God’s word more then even the food that we actually need?

Well, it’s something to think about isn’t it? As we ponder the usual New Year's resolutions of taking those pounds off or exercising more, let’s also move toward some New Year revolutions.

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