Sometime ago I read a fascinating book about developing new churches entitled Start This Stop That by Jim and Jennifer Cowart. The book has a lot of great suggestions about new church starts, but I am just using the title as a catalyst for a few comments about how one might approach a new year.
So, start this and stop that. What might one start in 2018? What might one stop in 2018? To be fair to the book, since I am borrowing the authors’ key idea, one might couch the notion in terms of examining what does one start in order to stop keeping one from enjoying oneself and others more fully in this new year. Perhaps one could start with something Jesus once said, “Why bother with the splinter in someone else’s eye when there is a plank in yours.” And, to start something that would stop hurt feelings when someone calls into question another someone, one might remember something St. Paul once said, “Don’t think more highly of yourself than you should.” For another thing, how might one start feeling better about oneself when feeling bad about oneself because one cannot handle being imperfect. One could take to heart some words the Lord spoke to St. Paul when he was having difficulty dealing with his own imperfections, the Lord said, “My grace is sufficient.”
Now, one could go on and on with this, but I am limited with space and I know that Anita would really like for me to start writing these articles with the requested number of words and stop exceeding the limit in this new year. Thus, I will attempt to start that and stop this.
– Doug Fairbanks
Published on Wednesday, January 3, 2018 @ 9:08 AM EDT