A Clean Slate: 2018

Written by: Mandy Lawrence-Hill

On the very first day of a brand new year we are presented a unique opportunity to start fresh in so many areas of life. For some, a new semester at school will commence in a few short days and an opportunity will be given for a clean slate to make those aspired A’s and A+’s. For others, more intention will be focused on becoming healthier by means of a diet and/or exercise. Perhaps you have a particular goal in mind (like a job promotion or writing a book) and plan to work hard to achieve that goal over the coming months of this new year.

While reading my bible just a few days before this momentous day of fresh slates and new beginnings, God really got my attention. He challenged me to not just ingest His word over the coming year—but to digest it as well.

It has been a custom of mine to wake up hours before my family, curl up in my big comfy grey chair, coffee in one hand, bible in the other —and soak in the words that cover those pages. But, as God spoke to my heart this morning I had to ponder the thought: Am I actually digesting these words…or am I just biting them off and taking them in.

Am I truly allowing the words I read to change me?

I think if we are honest with ourselves, we can all do a little better at allowing the word of God to change our hearts and subsequently, our lives. It takes discipline and intentional, purposed time to meet with God every day— but I want my time with Him to mean so much more than just reading the words from a book. If that were the case any book would do. I want to do more than read and ingest the wisdom found within those pages. Alternatively, I want to digest the wisdom and allow it to both penetrate and transform every corner of my life.

Can I encourage you to do the same?

Let’s make the year 2018 a year of incredible spiritual growth, my friend. “But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves. For if you listen to the word and don’t obey, it is like glancing at your face in a mirror. You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like. But if you look carefully into the perfect law that sets you free, and if you do what it says and don’t forget what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it.” (James 1:22-25)

Have a wonderful New Year, friends!