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Mary Fairchild

2013 New Year's Plan: All That I Am

By January 1, 2013

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This year I don't have a catchy New Year's phrase. For one, there aren't many words that rhyme with 13. And, as I've mentioned before, I don't make fancy New Year's resolutions.

Obedience to God
This year, my New Year's plan is simply to resolve each day to give the Lord Jesus my all in all. Inspired by the intention, I wrote this poem:

A New Year's Plan

I tried to think of a clever new phrase—
A slogan to inspire the next 365 days,
A motto to live by this coming new year,
But the catchy words fell flat to my ear.

And then I heard His still small voice
Saying, "Consider this simple, daily choice:
With each new dawn and close of day
Make new your resolve to trust and obey."

"Don't look back caught in regret
Or dwell on the sorrow of dreams unmet;
Don't stare forward anchored by fear,
No, live in this moment, for I am here."

"I am all you need. Everything. I Am.
You are held secure by my strong hand.
Give me this one thing—your all in all;
Into my grace, let yourself fall."

So, at last I'm ready; I see the way.
It's to daily follow, trust, and obey.
I enter the new year armed with a plan,
To give him my everything. All that I am.

--Mary Fairchild

Starting today, as I do each New Year's Day, I'm challenging myself (and you) to make a simple, fresh commitment to following the Lord step by step, minute by minute, hour by hour, and day by day, giving him my all in all

Now, I'm not talking about a dreary existence of following rules. True Christian obedience flows from a heart of gratitude for the grace we have received from the Lord. Our motivation to trust and obey is love, springing from the relationship we have with him.

As Christians, we don't grit our teeth and beat ourselves into a state of obedience. No, we spend time with God, listen to his voice, consider his Word, and then we share in the adventure he has planned for us each day.

Will we make mistakes? Most certainly. But by the Holy Spirit's power transforming us from within, we will grow in holiness. Our goal is not to pat ourselves on the back after achieving champion status in obedience. No, anything good and worthy that we accomplish comes from God working in us. And, lastly, we don't learn obedience overnight; it's a lifelong process that we pursue by making it a daily goal.

To help you get started, I've outlined a few basic biblical principles of obedience.

More Resources:

Sign Up for Verse of the Day - Receive a free daily Bible verse and inspiring thought by email each day for 365 days.

Recommit to Reading Through the Bible - Practical tips for reading through the entire Bible in a year.

Develop a Daily Devotional Plan - Discover the adventure of spending time with God each day.

Spending Time With God - A 7-part series of practical teachings on developing a devotional life written by Pastor Danny Hodges of Calvary Chapel St. Petersburg, Florida.

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