A New Year is upon us and our minds are naturally going to goals for the New Year. We think of bad habits we want to get rid of, new habits we want to develop, weight we want to lose, improved organization for our homes, financial objectives we hope to achieve, and dreams we want to bring to life. May I suggest that at the root of all of our new year’s plans should be a desire to cultivate holy desires?
All of our grand goals are empty if they are not based on what God wants for our lives. If the motivation for these things is self-focused and not God-focused then we are bound to fail. As believers, we are new creations and our lives should look different from our non-believing friends and neighbors. Not only are we called to turn from sinful behaviors, but we are called to seek after godly ones.
As parents and our children’s educators, we have a very serious responsibility to point our children towards lives consumed by a desire for holiness and not worldliness. Instead of falling into the easy trap of focusing on suppressing disobedience and selfishness in our children, let’s dedicate 2013 to elevating and encouraging our kids to seek after holy desires in their lives. Let’s keep at the forefront of our homes, the goal set forth in Colossians 3:12 & 14-
Let’s start the New Year and each new day by looking in our closet and putting on the holy desires of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control! (Gal 5:22&23)
Blessings in the new year!
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This is a collection of the reflections our principal, Susan Truman submits to our monthly newsletters. She is married to her college sweetheart and is a mother of three. She graduated two of her children from Coastal with her third child attending a special needs school.