13 Commitments for a Christian in 2013

Out of the Darkness

Yesterday, I made a promise on this blog to help you start the year out right by offering ways to improve your financial standing in 2013. As I researched some lessons I taught on the subject previously and started to work on this blog entry, I became just a bit hesitant.

I would love for all of us to start 2013 on a high note by getting our financial lives in order, but is that the most important thing in our lives. Do I really want the first bit advice to share in the new year to deal with finances? This is the time of year we are usually worried about health and the direction of our lives, which frequently involves personal finance. When I worked at Daytona Magic, I remember a sign we had for sale in the store: Money is not the most important thing in life, but it beats whatever is in second place.

For most us, there is some truth to the sign. Perhaps it shouldn’t be the most important, but we often place a lot of attention on money and what it can do for us. I shifted focus to start on another “first” post for 2013, and this would focus on what really matters: Faith. Then, in the process of checking out The Z Section’s Twitter feed, I encountered this:


I was curious, and when I followed the link, Pastor Mike Campagna talked about how God has a plan for us and how we should have a plan for our lives. Here is Pastor Mike’s plan for the new year, a series of 13 commitments:

13 Commitments for a Christian in 2013

1. Keep my eyes on Jesus. (Hebrews 12:2)
2. Hide God’s Word in my heart. (Psalm 119:11)
3. Be filled with the Holy Spirit. (Ephesians 5:18)
4. Serve the least of these. (Matthew 25:40)
5. Bless the name of the Lord. (Psalm 34:1)
6. Speak words of encouragement. (Hebrews 10:25b)
7. Give myself fully to Christ’s cause. (Luke 10:27)
8. Don’t abandon the Church. (Hebrews 10:25a)
9. Listen for God’s still, small voice. (1 Kings 19:12)
10. Turn from the sin that so easily entangles. (Heb. 12:1)
11. Pray without ceasing. (1 Thess. 5:17)
12. Trust in the Lord with all my heart. (Proverbs 3:5-6)
13. Give God the glory no matter what happens. (Rom. 8:28)

A nice goal for the new year. I pray 2013 will be a blessed new year for you and your family.

Now that we have taken care of the weightier matters, we can move ahead with jump-starting your finances in 2013 by heading to this blog post here.

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