New Year. New Goals.

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Here we go people.  2015 is here.  Its time for New Year’s resolutions.  I know, I know.  You don’t do resolutions.  We gotta have goals though right?  As the old saying goes “Aim at nothing and you’ll hit it every time.” What goals are you setting for yourself in 2015?  One goal that I have for myself is to finish a project that I’ve been working on for a few months.  I’m writing a book.  I know, a real original goal.

For quite some time now I’ve had a some ideas that won’t let go of me.   For a long time I’ve pushed those ideas down mainly because I listened to the voices.  There should be no surprise that I, of all people, hear voices.  Let’s be honest though, we all do.  Its funny to me how the voices never tell you “Hey, you’re awesome.  You’re very good looking and really talented.  You can do anything you set your mind to.”  Instead the voices say things like “A book?  That’s silly.  Why would anyone want to read something you wrote?  That’s a complete waste of time.  By the way, you really need to work on your abs.”  That last one was a low blow voices.  Incidentally I truly believe that the “voices” are Satan’s attempt at sabotaging God’s will in our lives.  The Devil is a thief, an accuser and baits us into traps where he destroys us (John 10:10, Revelation 12:10, Matthew 4).  Are we going to stand for that?  No, I don’t think so.  Let’s ask God to annihilate those voices and give us power to move forward.

So here’s me, stickin’ it to the voices.  Here’s me ignoring my fears and kicking doubt in the teeth.  A proverbial stiff arm to the face of my charging inadequacies.  Hey voices, get ready for a flying dragon kick to your neck because I’m doing this thing.  I’ve already outlined the chapters, chosen some passages from the Bible that are giving me fuel, praying for God’s power and guidance and I’m doing this thing!  Heck, I’ve already written an intro and I’m wrapping up chapter one.  I’ve even chosen a title.  Ready for it?  “First Church of the Broken.”  Pretty snazzy right?  My premise?  “Relentlessly loving others in a world that tears them a part.”  I’m convinced that to be like Jesus we have to love others with a relentless kind of love.  That’s my premise, that’s my book and here we go!  Over the next few weeks I will be posting excerpts from it for you to take a look at.  Nerve racking?  Yup.  Scary?  Absolutely.  Is that going to stop me from doing it?  No way.  Voices, get ready for a trip to the ER.

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