Footsteps in Faith: Appreciating the small things this year brings us closer to holiness

| January 6, 2011 | 0 Comments

Chaplain (Maj.) Kil Chung
Staff Chaplain, 3302nd Mobilization Support Battalion

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The year 2010 is gone and 2011 is now upon us. As the new year begins, we realize how fast time flies. We make New Year’s resolutions, purchase new products and start new things to make the new year very special.

I have learned a lot of wisdom and many precious lessons from the Scriptures. The Bible says there is nothing new under the sun. Everything already existed and has simply changed into different forms. Nothing can make us new – unless we choose to have a new heart. Only God can create new things.

In Ephesians 4:22-32, the Bible provides us with principle of resolutions for the new year.

We must put off our old selves, which are being corrupted by deceitful desires. To put off our old selves, we must put on the new self that is created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. We are God’s masterpieces created for his purpose and glory. We are not here by accident. There is a reason for existing. Our lives are so valuable and important.

How can we put on the new self?

First, we must have a new attitude in our minds. We should be thankful instead of complaining about our dissatisfaction. We have a tendency to focus on what we do not have, rather than what we do have.

Nick Vujicic was born without any limbs but is still happy. He has inspired millions of people as a motivational speaker. He teaches people to realize how blessed they are and sets an example for all of us about what can be accomplished – despite personal disabilities. Let us be thankful for our families, country and the service members who protect our freedom.

Secondly, let us make our lives more beneficial to others. Husbands should be more supportive to their wives and vice versa. If we only focus on our interests and benefits, our lives will be dry and meaningless. When we serve others, we experience true joy and happiness.

Make it a priority this year to be helpful and available to others. You may save a person’s life by your act of kindness. The Scripture commands us to be compassionate and encourage others to do the same.

Let us make a New Year’s resolution to practice these principles. If we follow God’s principles, God will guarantee us a happy and prosperous life in the new year.

Happy New Year!

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