Let’s Get Started!


It’s a brand new year; what will we do with it?

The slate for this new year is clean.  Maybe I should switch metaphors right now and say the canvas is empty and ready to be painted!  What will we paint?  I think the picture we paint this year should be one that shows us working to build the Body of Christ.  That will be a picture that shows God at work through us, one in which the lives of people around us are changed by God working in their lives, a picture in which relationships are repaired, new relationships are formed and in which God’s glory shines above and throughout the entire scene. In this great canvas there will be no selfishness, there will be no loneliness; only a community of faith with God working in and through all of His people.  This will be a scene that shows God’s people living with purpose, in unity and in that certain hope of eternal life.

So, grab your brush and let’s get started!  Let’s encourage one another, empower one another and be willing to step up and lead.  Let’s not be so concerned with the past, its failures and slip-ups.  Rather, let’s press on for the goal that our Lord has set before us, the goal for which we all strive, and that is that on the great day when we meet our Savior face to face, that we hear the words our souls long to hear, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”


About Don Merritt

A long time teacher and writer, Don hopes to share his varied life's experiences in a different way with a Christian perspective.
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  3. Elaine says:

    Wonderfully wise words Don! Great way to begin a new year. God is sure to paint a lovely canvas if we allow ourselves to open our eyes and just look around and see what He wants each of us to do to keep it beautiful!

  4. Dr. J says:

    Thanks so much for the words of encouragement at the beginning of the New Year. Your comments regarding the blank canvas brought to mind a New Testament History class that I taught 39 years ago. I opened the class by bringing a full-length mirror and an empty canvas. I encouraged the students to look into the mirror and then paint a self-portrait that would be displayed in the Living Gallery of the New Testament when they completed it. I was inspired to write a poem which I shared with my class, and which I would like to share with you:

    The Living Gallery of the New Testament

    In the living gallery of the New Testament is reserved a special space:
    An empty canvas awaits each feature of your face.
    Each of us paints a self-portrait in minutest detail.
    To develop your life’s masterpiece, you can never fail
    When you follow Christ’s example, the Master of the Word,
    Beholding as in a mirror, the glory of the Lord.
    Each day abounds with potential for matchless artistry.
    Now is your golden moment—you are making “His Story.”

    Thanks again for the encouraging words and for the “likes” you posted on my blog.

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