A New Beginning

A new beginning always brings fresh hope, new energy, new plans and purposes. This new beginning is no different. I feel energized, encouraged, ready to start afresh—out with the old and in with the new.

One of the new things: I’ve started a new Bible reading plan with the YouVersion iPad app (www.youversion.com). It’s pretty awesome. There are other ways to read the Bible in a year, but this one seems really good, especially for those who enjoy using technology.

The new year is also an opportunity to brush up on some of the things we’re already doing…like family devotions for instance. Revamp. Improve. Tonight we began memorizing a new Bible passage as a family: Psalm 91:1-6. We’ve already memorized a number of passages, and recite them on set nights of the week to keep from forgetting them: The Lord’s Prayer (every night), The Apostles’ Creed and Eph. 6:10-18 (Monday), the Beatitudes (Tuesday), the Ten Commandments (Wednesday), Psalm 1 (Thursday), Psalm 23 (Friday), and Psalm 100 (Saturday). Once we’ve memorized Psalm 91, we’ll add it to the Tuesday night recitation.

By the way, if you’re not having family devotions in your home—especially if there are children in the home—you’re missing a huge opportunity to make a difference in your world. People look at tragedies like the Newtown massacre and blame the removal of prayer from schools; but when was the last time you gathered the members of your household for united prayer? Don’t blame the schools for not doing something you won’t do in your own home. In actual fact, the removal of prayer from schools is a symptom of what’s wrong with our country—not the cause. And if you’re not having family devotions, you’re part of the problem, not part of the solution. The family is the basic building block of society, and all societal change begins there.

Today is a great opportunity for all of us to begin again for the glory of God.