Did Anything Really Change?

New Year’s Day is behind us. The year 2011 started with a flurry of expectancy and excitement.  Now all the noise makers and confetti are in the trash and we’re all back to work after some time off.  For some this was going to be the year … 2011 … when life takes on new meaning.  But alas, resolutions made have already been broken … diets have been cheated on … gym membership cards have been misplaced.
Transformation doesn’t occur by the turning of a calendar page.  It occurs when hearts change.
Why do we look to activity around us to change our hearts?  Scripture says in Ezekiel 36:26:
I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.


This can still be the year of transformation … but just make sure you go to the source that can transform.

3 thoughts on “Did Anything Really Change?

  1. Robin,
    Funny you should write that… I started out on Facebook like a kid with a new toy. I wanted to explore all of the “friending” (a new word actually created by Facebook users), abilities – including talking to the close friends/family that I never seem to have enough time to have face-to-face time with, and finding all those people that I haven’t talked to in ages.
    The honeymoon lasted for a few months – I was spending lots of time on Facebook every day, trying to comment on every status change or post and answering messages. I actually found people from high school that I hadn’t talked to for 30+ years. Then there were the games… OHhhh! the games….lots of time wasted there!
    At some point, I wasn’t able to answer all of the things posted to me. There was just not enough time in the day! Then the chat thingy kept coming up when I was I the middle of writing to someone else – or actually talking to a person face-to-face or on the phone.
    I started categorizing my 100+ “friends” into people I would answer right away, people that could wait till I wasn’t so busy, and people I just couldn’t handle any more.
    Then it got down to people I had to talk to or they would call me on the phone – i.e. my kids – and people I couldn’t take time to answer.
    Finally I just started loggin on to Facebook once a week – browsing some status lines, and deleting all the messages without reading them.
    It hit me that all this “social networking” was a huge commitment, and for my own mental health, I needed to figure out what I was going to do.
    I have resolved to log on to Facebook a couple times a week, look at status lines and choose a different person to talk to each time, so I get the “latest” from the workd outside my “home-work-church” coccoon.
    And to answer as many of my messages as possible, with no more than 200 words (oops – I guess this violated that rule 🙂
    Of course you know how resolutions usually go…
    Tune in for more in a month or so.
    Much love and grace to you!
    John White

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  2. I hope that in some small way the new year will be better for me…I made 5 goals…so far I have kept 3 of them…the 4th and the 5th had to do with eating right and exercising lol…

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