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Shalom…Larry Link

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Posted: January 12th, 2015

How will 2015 be different for you? For all of us, we need to be sure that there is something new in our life’s “diet” once in a while. I’m not saying that we need to cut out everything that we eat that’s not good for us. I’m saying that we all need to shake up our routines on occasion. We get into ruts, get comfortable, and suddenly wake up and it’s been five years we’ve been in those ruts and hadn’t even noticed it…change our “diets” of life. Sometimes those things are enforced on us from outside forces…over the holidays, after visiting several doctors, I learned that my running days are pretty much over. With knee and hip issues, plus, back problems to be addressed, I was told to “give it up.” Sprinting has been a part of my life for almost 25 years, and while it has been difficult over the past month or so, I’ve found a replacement…and it’s fun! From where we live in Dallas, I can ride my bike and be at White Rock Lake in about 6 minutes…and a ride around the lake in early morning and back home gives me about 14 miles and an hour of cardio. If I do that several times a week, it’s all I need. Funny how changing my exercise diet has brought on something new for me, and is surprisingly really fun also! Other changes came about over the holidays too that forced me into making changes in routine and perspective. But what about my walk with Christ? Yesterday’s sermon by Dr. Wiles brought back a reminder of an often overlooked passage of scripture that has played a big role in my spiritual formation from time to time…”The 8 Steps of Spiritual Maturity” found in 2 Peter 1:3-9. Take a look at the qualities that we should each be demonstrating in our everyday lives… “faith, goodness, knowledge, self-control, endurance, godliness, mutual affection, and love”. Why not begin 2015 by taking an inventory of your own life, and on a scale of 1-10 see how high you think you are on modeling these qualities in everyday life? Make some necessary changes in the “diet” of your life so that at the end of 2015, you can look back and see how, with God’s help, you were able to become more and more like Christ.