That’s about the way most people feel about now. The month-long marathon between Thanksgiving and Christmas is over. All the parties, buying of gifts, traveling, shopping, etc. is behind us and we can look forward to a little relaxation as we enter a new year. The holiday season is a wonderful time of joy and excitement for most of us since we spend time with family and friends. We enjoy the beautiful decorations, the festive spirit and good will that seem to fill the air. Just the thought of turkey and dressing, the smell of pumpkin pie, the beauty of Christmas tree decorations, the joy of exchanging gifts, and the excitement of family gatherings gives us a warm feeling on the inside. We have to admit, however, that a sense of relief is felt when it’s all over and we can focus on a new year.
Have you given thought to how you plan to strengthen your spiritual life in the new year? If I may, let me make some suggestions.
1. Read the Bible every day. As you read, have paper and pencil close by and make notes of words, passages, and ideas that may come to your mind as you read. Then go back and consult your reference works for deeper study. You would be surprised how much this will increase your knowledge of God’s word and will make your study more enjoyable and productive.
2. During the year, memorize at least one verse from each of the 27 books of the New Testament. The psalmist declared, “Thy word have I treasured in my heart, that I may not sin against Thee” (Psa. 119:11). God’s word needs to saturate every fiber of our being and this is one way in which we can accomplish that.
3. Pray every day. Keep a list handy that identifies specific things and/or people for whom you need to pray. Prayer enriches life.