New Years Resolutions


Most of my friends don’t make resolutions. One recently said, “The only resolution I’ve been able to keep is the one not to make resolutions.”

We know they don’t work and we don’t want to get depressed when we fail. What’s the use?

A history of failure is the reason you don’t try again. Why bother? Nothings going to change.

Grace is all about starting over, again.
Those who can’t start over never get there.

Peter wasn’t planning to start again. He planned to go back to the fishing business. The, “change the world idea,” that Jesus planted in him didn’t pan out.

Those who don’t start again, quit.

Jesus came to Peter, after his denial, in John 21:15 to offer a fresh start.

15 When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” “Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.”

Starting again:

#1. Don’t start with something to do. Start with your heart. Starting again is first about the heart then about the hands.

“Do you love me?” is an invitation to start again.

#2.  Focus on the future. Jesus didn’t bring up Peter’s past denial. He turned him to the future.

A person:

Peter wasn’t looking to start again. He’d failed. It was time to quit.

Jesus kick started Peter.

You may be too discouraged to start again. But, someone who believes in you can give you courage to try.

Surround yourself with people who believe in grace – starting again. Better yet, be a person who helps others get up again.

If you do start again in 2014, begin with the heart.

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One Comment on “New Years Resolutions”

  1. skipprichard1 Says:

    I don’t know when this blog started, but I am glad to find it. Leadership and grace are linked, aren’t they?

    Thanks for the reminder, and the focus on the future.

    All the best for a wonderful 2014 filled with grace.

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