Happy New Year
Welcome to 2020. The number 2020 has a few meanings – a new year, a new decade, and even a new and clearer vision 20/20. According to Forbes Magazine, over 40% of the population begin the new year by making resolutions for supposed life-changing things they wish to do, but quickly fail in their efforts. Whether it’s losing weight, exercising more, or even spending more quality time with family and friends. All good things to do, but is our heart and our will in them? Apparently not, for only 8% actually accomplish what they set out to do. My list is a little different than these, so let me suggest and challenge you to consider adopting some of them in your own lives in the new year:
Let the past go. 2019 is now history. And, as much as we can learn from history, we shouldn’t be bound by it. One of my favorite verses is Ecclesiastes 11:3, which says if the tree falls, wherever it lies, there it is. That’s my paraphrase, but it speaks volumes to me. If the tree fell—there it lies. You can’t do anything about it now.
Accept God’s grace. It’s always more than we deserve. You can’t earn it. It’s amazing grace. But denying or refusing it ignores the beauty of it. I challenge you to embrace grace in the new year.
Protect your heart. “Above all else,” the Bible says. Where your heart is, there your treasure will be also. Most likely there are activities, people or places through which your heart is most easily injured. You may not be able to avoid them, but you can be aware so you can “guard your heart.” When you are aware you may be injured, you will build guardrails to lessen the damage.
Think and act eternally. There is more to this life than the world we know today. Jesus said to “store up treasures in heaven.” Whenever possible, I challenge you to consider the eternal consequences of the decisions, investments and actions of your life. Jesus said to live in this world, but not be of this world. How are you making a difference in the world to come by your actions today? The more intentional you are; the more impact you will have.
We are thankful for every ODCA family and pray that 2020 is a year of great blessings and joy for your family as you abide in Him, and throughout the New Year.
Happy New Year from all of us at Open Door Christian Academy!
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Feb 7 – Ski Trip – 5th – 8th Grades
Feb 11 – 100 days of school celebration
Feb 12 – ODPA Pretzel sale – $1.00
Feb 14 – Valentine’s Day (Spirit day – no ripped jeans or sweat pants please)
Feb 17 – No School – Presidents’ Day
Feb 18 – Parents basketball game – Sports awards presentation
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