There I was in 2012. A new Christian wanting to know more about what being a Christian even really meant. Wanting to know what I was really getting into, not based on what they told me growing up, or what someone told me recently. I had this one clue though: The person who shared about Jesus to me encouraged me to read the Bible, God’s Word, everyday. Everyday???? Could I even do it?
When I was a lot younger, I used to write down the same new year’s resolutions every year. Weight loss, healthy living, boyfriend (haha) among others. But a couple of months down the line, I found myself giving up on all of them.
Then I started going to church where they had a five-day corporate prayer and fasting activity as a way to align our hearts with God’s at the beginning of the year. During this time, we were to write down our faith goals for the year, and pray and fast for them.The activity of writing down my faith goals instantly replaced my new year’s resolutions, and I have seen God’s work in them ever since.
This 2018 would be my sixth year of writing down my faith goals, and I am excited to watch how God will move in my life and others’ lives through them.
Now you may be thinking, Okay that’s nice to hear, but what exactly are faith goals?
When sin entered the world, mankind had done countless attempts of ‘starting over again with God,’ including the sacrificing of animals, the observation of rituals, and the strict adherence to the laws. But no matter how good they were in these acts of atonement, they would always fall back to sin (remember the Pharisees?). Why was it this way?
A week ago, I posed the question: Where do you start in starting over? I wrote in my last entry that a good place to start would be, “I’m sorry.” Apologizing and repenting of one’s own wrongdoing is tough, but there’s no way to solve a problem if we don’t even recognize the problem to begin with.
You know what repentance is best paired with?
In my last entry, I ended with the question: Where do you start in starting over?
I can’t say that I know the exact answers to this question, but this is a good place to start—start with “I’m sorry.”