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Why I’ve given up on New Years Resolutions

New Years ResolutionsIt’s 2015.  How’s it going?  Let’s have a quick check-in…  How are those resolutions that you made just a few days ago? I’ll tell you what, it’s tough isn’t it?  Here we are less than a month in, and it seems like they are already slipping too far out of sight.  I bet by now that you’ve eaten someting you resolved you wouldn’t, called someone you said you were done with, or you choose your couch over the treadmill.

I don’t do resolutions.  In fact, I’m done with resolutions.  They alwasy feel like I’m trying to boil the ocean.  Someone once told me that we shouldn’t try to boil the ocean, it will never happen.  So, I’ve given up trying.  I’ve given up because I hate the way that it makes me feel when I fail.  I’m pretty sure that I have failed nearly every resolution that I have ever made.

That’s because I’m a broken, imperfect, flawed, human.  I am trying to figure out how to go through life and become all that God desires for me to be.  I’m trying to find my way, and help others.  My guess is that you are very similar to me.  Our stories are similar…

Eventually we burn out at the gym.

Eventually we stop eating paleo, vegan, natural, clean, or whatever variety of eating is the current rage.

Eventually we go back to whatever makes us feel good even though it hurts us.

Eventually we go back, we give up, we give in.

And that is why I’m so thankful for grace!  Grace is the unmerited, unearned favor of God.  The beginning of the year always reminds me of my need for grace and my constant struggle against grace.  I’m reminded of my need for grace because of all of the times that I fail my resolutions.  But I am also reminded of my struggle against accepting grace because my resolutions make it seem like I can accomplish something on my own.  If I check off all the boxes on my list, I will be successful and happy.  It makes me feel like it’s possible to be a self made man.

That’s why I gave up on resolutions.

But I haven’t given up entirely, just on resolutions.  In the beginning of the year I set goals, not resolutions.  Goals allow breathing room for grace to squeeze in.  I’ll share my goals with you later, but for now, how’s it going?  Just remember, you are human, and you are going to make mistakes, and slip up.  Don’t worry.  There’s grace for that.

~Peter

 

A Response to the Garden State Plaza Mall Shooting

“Peter, there was a shooting in the Garden State Plaza Mall.”  That is never a good way to wake up.

Immediately your mind races and thinks through every scenario of what could have happened if you were there, or you think about the last time that you were there.  Your emotions begin to blur together.  You have to wonder why did this happen?  How messed up is your life that you would walk into a crowded mall in northern New Jersey and start shooting?

Jersey Mall Shooting

These are just some of the questions that I was asking myself this morning…

But then something switched in my head.  It became less about me, and more about what this situation reminds me of.  I can’t help but think about these two things…

1.  Life is incredibly fragile.

I went to bed last night and complained to Tiffany that it was 10:40 when I was going to bed.  Now I am waking up at 6:00 and I am thankful that I am alive and breathing.  Every day is a gift from God, and it is not something that is promised to us.  Life is so incredibly fragile.  It can be snuffed out in an instant, by illness, accident, or malice.  Every moment is a gift and we need to treat it like that.

2.  We are never too far gone for God’s grace.

CNN posted an article on the shooting which in the end asks a great question…

Shoop, 20, was well known by local law enforcement. He had a history of drug use and abuse, Molinelli said.

“You wouldn’t think that at age 20, how much can you do in your life, but in his life, he at least thought that he was reaching a point where there was no recourse but to take his own life,” he said.

How much can you do in your life?  Or how much can you mess up your own life leaving you with no other option but to take your own life?  That is a great question which deserves an answer!  In my mind, and according to the Bible, there is nothing that we can do that will separate us from the love of God.  (Romans 8:38-39)  This means that no matter how far you have gone, or how much trouble you have gotten yourself into, God still loves you.  When no one else on this earth loves you, God does.  That’s incredible.  Romans 5:8 says,

“but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

In the midst of our junk God sends His Son, Jesus, to die in our place on a cross for sins that He did not do.  That is love.  That is the kind of love that God has for each of us.  Not only does God love us, but He has given us His grace.  Grace is getting what we don’t deserve, it is God’s undeserved favor.  Ephesians 2:8 tells us that it is because of God’s grace that we are saved.

There is nothing that you or I can ever do that goes to far or is outside of the reach of God’s love and grace.  You are never to far gone for God’s grace.

Tragedies like this remind us of many things.  These are just two of the things that I am reminded of this morning.  What does this remind you of?

~Peter

Morning Moments

Being SillySad face... mommy's gone...Legos PlayingPeeking around...All smilesLove for Bailey

These are the moments…  that make you go AH!

Find them and capture them…

~Peter

Pleasant Surprises…

This morning I was in my office when all of a sudden there was a knock on the door and my three favorite people showed up!  Check out our photo shoot…

We had tons of fun!  Even though she started off crying, it wore off, and mommy eventually came back!  What do you know… Problem solved…  

What surprises have you had today?

~Peter

Why we had kids (part 2)

I’ve got to keep up with this guy.  So, here is one other reason we had kids.  Here’s part one.  So anyway, it’s along the same vein as part one, but it is a little different anyhow.  It’s a classic shot of my man Noah!  Part one was so that we could have a natural alarm.  Part two is, so that his sister would have the natural alarm too!  Check out this shot.  His expression is priceless!

Didn’t expect the next reason to come so quickly, but it sure did!  Hope you guys have a great day.  If you ever need to be woken up anytime before the sun rises, let me know, and I’ll send Noah over for a “Great” nights sleep.

~Peter

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