"Some of us have turned over more new leaves than Central Park! David called on God instead, to create something entirely new within him." - Fresh Faith, by Jim Cymbala
The beginning of a new school year feels a lot like January 1st to me. The calendar year may not roll over and the ball in Times Square may not drop, but there is definitely a sense of freshness and new possibilities. I remember, as a college student, setting goals for the school year that mainly involved dropping the bad habits I'd picked up in the previous semester... I committed to more studying, more time in the Bible, more phone calls home, less skipping classes, less Ben & Jerry's, and less procrastination. Somehow, just like New Year's resolutions, those commitments didn't last long.
I love this quote from Jim Cymbala in his book, Fresh Faith. It is a great reminder that God is willing and able to recreate us, not just repackage us. So, my prayer for all of us, especially those returning to school in the days ahead is the same as David's "Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me." Psalm 51:10 NIV.
Here's to a great school year marked by the kind of changes that only God can create!
"Come on, Timmy, just taste your broccoli. It is so good for you. It will make your body healthy and strong like superman! It doesn't taste bad either. Here, you can dip it in this dressing and it will be delicious!" Does this sound familiar to you? Either you were the child who hated to eat something, or you are the parent trying to convince your child to eat something... it is, without a doubt, a familiar scene.
Carla Ritz. Proof positive that God uses cracked pots!