Nick's Notes

January 2018

Was your 2017 a year to remember or a year you’d sooner forget? It seems that those I’ve talked to recently are split down the middle; my dad has been ready to close the book on 2017 since September while friends who have been getting married will remember parts of 2017 for the rest of their lives! For me, I’m in the middle which is worse than being ready to close the book.

Allow me to explain. At the beginning of 2017 I wrote a newsletter article talking about the 4 areas I wanted to make resolutions in. You might remember them; heart, soul, mind and strength. I emotionally invested with some people in 2017 with my heart, but also had some connections broken that I treasured. I started off very strong in taking care of my soul through reading the bible and devotionals, but my own spiritual needs took a back seat to provide for others at some point and I’ve been left with a deficit. I bought a Kindle Fire this year so I was able to read some books and even picked up painting, but my art skills are on par with that of an elementary school student and it’s much more fun to play a game on my tablet than read after a long day. I did lose 20 pounds in 2017 and make steps to live a healthier lifestyle, but that was mainly because I was told I’m borderline diabetic. So 2017 for me was just kinda “meh”.

Biblically speaking this isn’t good. Take a look at what Revelation 3:14-16 says, “To the angel of the church in Laodicea write: These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God’s creation. I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth.” This verse always puts an image of Jesus drinking a cup of hot chocolate that’s cooled down a lot. I see his face scrunch and transform because it’s just not good. Then again, we aren’t good people. We are sinful, unclean people who continue to go against the will of God.

So change that. 2018 is here and it’s ready to be what you make it (in line with God’s will of course). Will the decisions you make glorify God or man? Will God answer a long time prayer in the way you hope he does or will you get an answer you’re unprepared for? I don’t have that answer. It’s up to you to choose your path and to listen to what God is telling you.

Happy New Year all!

Nick Rittgers

DCE – Outreach Ministries