Happy New Year from Lakeshore. The busy Christmas holiday season winds down, but activity remains constant. We saw several groups in the month of December (I’ll try to post a list this week.) I guess that today I should spend time reflecting on all that God accomplished this past year and look forward to the next, but both thoughts overwhelm me with gratitude and trepidation. God continues to flood us with his grace in the way of willing volunteers eager to serve and minister to our community in tangible constructive assistance and encouragement.
We plan to bring the new year in with a bang – the bang of hammers and nail guns, that is. We have about 2 dozen active projects still in the air and hope to move several families into their new homes this month. Keep checking the blog for updates.
I receive several emails from those of you interested in houses you worked on while here in Lakeshore. Lord willing, in 2007 I plan to provide more particular news on the progress of individual projects. I suppose that counts as a new years resolution.
I also want to adopt Jonathan Edwards’ Resolutions as my own this year, especially in regard to the rebuild Lakeshore ministry God has granted.
Jonathan Edwards’ Resolutions:
1. Resolved, that I will do whatsoever I think to be most to God’s glory, and my own good, profit and pleasure, in the whole of my duration, without any consideration of the time, whether now, or never so many myriad’s of ages hence. Resolved to do whatever I think to be my duty and most for the good and advantage of mankind in general. Resolved to do this, whatever difficulties I meet with, how many and how great soever.
2. Resolved, to be continually endeavoring to find out some new invention and contrivance to promote the aforementioned things.
3. Resolved, if ever I shall fall and grow dull, so as to neglect to keep any part of these Resolutions, to repent of all I can remember, when I come to myself again.
4. Resolved, never to do any manner of thing, whether in soul or body, less or more, but what tends to the glory of God; nor be, nor suffer it, if I can avoid it.
5. Resolved, never to lose one moment of time; but improve it the most profitable way I possibly can.
read more of Edwards’ resolutions.