I’ll put it right out there for all—my New Year’s resolution is to make God every day, not just Sundays. Check that; make God an every second God, not just a God for every day. What do I mean? For many Christians, God is a Sunday God. He stays in that place of worship Sunday, and just maybe we let God live with us for the rest of the day. But come Monday, and the “real” world revs up for another week, we leave God behind.
When we think about God we think about religion. And religion is somehow separate from life. Wrong. God is life. He’s not about religion because God is not religious. He is God. He is life.
There is a big push to separate religion, and God, from our “secular” lives. This year I am determined to do just the opposite. I want God in every second of my life. I want to surrender to God’s way and leave my way behind. I’m not talking about walking around holier-than-thou and shouting “AMEN!” every second. I’m talking about simply walking more in concert with God.
What does this all mean in practical terms? It means staying in constant touch with God by listening for and to God. I am going to recommit myself to what I believe are the Real Secrets to Life—LISTEN, READ, LOVE, FIGHT, BELIEVE, LIVE & PRAY. I am not going to give them lip service but real service by living for God, and not myself. In the context of this, I’m going to do my very best by looking outside of myself to others. I know it will be a challenge especially when I get stuck in traffic and am on a crowded, noisy airplane but I am going to do my best to serve others, rather than myself. This is nothing short of what Jesus commands us to do:
“‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” Matthew 22:37-40
This all starts with making God an every day, every second God. Letting God into your life past that hour or so on Sunday.
Put God into this New Year! And make it a great, really “new” year!