Wouldn't it be great to start the New Year off with a resolution that could bring you REAL joy for the rest of your life? Do you usually make the same, hopeless resolutions that we all make, and break before the end of January? Most of us resolve to lose some weight, or eat a more healthy diet, or get more exercise, or save more money, but in a few weeks we give up on our resolutions. Failing to keep our resolutions only makes us feel worse about ourselves.
There is a resolution you can make that will bring you true joy. None of us will ever get into Heaven based on our own deeds. We are Human and as such we are ALL sinners. Only Jesus was perfect, and He came into this world to save us. He was born humbly, and He lived to teach us and show us the way. He died on the Cross to pay the price for our sins. All He asks of us is that we love Him and accept Him as our personal Lord and Savior. But He can't be our PERSONAL Lord and Savior unless we actually take the time to KNOW Him personally. Pastor Bob here at Wilderness Lakes preached a very moving and important message at church this past Sunday (December 23rd). The title of his message was
"Wise Men Still Seek Him". It pains me to admit that there was a time when I didn't think I needed Him in my life. I was even a little afraid to commit to a relationship with Jesus. I thought I would get into Heaven by being an honest and kind person. I was wrong. I was totally dead wrong. I have learned that I need Jesus in my life every single day. I feel very sad for anyone who does not know Jesus as I do. Going to church every Sunday is not enough. To have a real relationship with Jesus you need to read the scriptures and fellowship with other Christians. We need to learn the meaning of His Word. I would hate to wake up in the morning without KNOWING that Jesus is watching over me. I already know that I can't make it without His help. I know that there are many intelligent people who think they can get along on their own. But those who are truly WISE know that Jesus is the Truth, and The Light and the Way. Wise men, and women still seek Him, because He is the source of true joy. He is the promise for our eternal Salvation. Many of you have lots of unanswered questions, but Jesus IS the answer. Be a Wise Man or Woman, and seek Him now.
God bless each of you now and as you go forward into the New Year. Open your hearts and invite Jesus into your life, not just on Sundays, but every day. If you give your life to Him, you have no idea how much your life will improve. With Him in the center of your life, everything changes for the better.
Here are Tony and the two Jims, and Diane is on the right.
out for a drive around the
park Friday night. There were lots of other nice decorations, but it's not easy getting good pictures in the dark.
This is Sean, he is one of the rangers here at the park. He obviously loves the Christmas season. On the right is Sean on Christmas day. Too funny!!!
This is the beautiful Christmas card that shows Tony & his dog Woody. On the right is an amazing owl that Diane hand painted for me. I really love it. I was blown away when I saw it. She is such a talented artist. 😊
Well, that's all for now. Best wishes to all of you.