by Texas Stready

Well the new year is here and I can’t stop feeling amazed that 2016 is gone. Seems like it was just the year 2000 and the world was headed for total decimation because of Y2K. Remember that one?

Never been the type to invest much time worrying about predictions, or betting on resolutions. When life takes a radical turn, and it always does, all our methods end in failure anyway. This makes both those practices a setup for letdown.

The way I figure, life has enough disappointment, no use cracking the door to more. That’s just not how I roll.

All Work

What is “The Do,” you ask? Whatever’s on your to-do list, that’s what. No matter who you are, you have one of these.

Life is full of activities and interest—goals and plans. Maybe you don’t take the time to jot them down or map them out, but somewhere in your skull there’s an agenda.

I’m not classifying predictions, resolutions, or to-do lists as no-no’s. Not me; I’m a list-making fool. I am. In fact, I think most of our hindrances are caused by what we don’t consider important enough to contemplate, solve, or take note of.

Look Out

One of the easiest things to do is to get caught up in the world’s timetable. So much to have or be, and it seems no one can wait for tomorrow. It appears easier to work towards material gain than to deal with the matters of the heart. Problem is, no fulfillment’s found there.

When, oh when, will we become the kind of people who let go of our hangups and follow our hearts? If we never learn to do this, everything in life becomes dry and dreary.

Join The Team

Ever notice there’s people who operate on a different spiritual level? One that’s more smooth and sure. Well, you’ll be happy to know, there’s absolutely no reason you can’t become one of them.

Our choices are key but few of them are irreversible. When it comes down to it, changing our minds is what we do best. If this were not true we wouldn’t spend so many hours investigating on Google, or shopping on Amazon.

One Step

We make things so much harder than they really are. One small shift is all it takes to revolutionize your life. Listen up, I have inside information that has the power to shape the world we live in.

How we treat others is what puts pavement on the dirt roads we travel. It’s the spiritual coating that makes the ride less bumpy. Although harsh responses can never be retracted, relationship with Christ is sure to teach us how to do “The Do” differently.


No prediction or resolution is needed to act and react with a heart of tenderness. What that takes is a new perspective. One that brings kindness and provides patience. Something that won’t tally wrongs or celebrate injustice. A source that imparts truth and restores hope. (1Corinthians 13:4-5)

The power that affords us these priceless gifts is LOVE.

Do you believe the Bible? If so, the last three verses in the above listed chapter tell us it’s time to grow up and view things differently.

If the Holy Spirit lives in us, we can begin seeing more clearly today. Like the Beatles sang in the 60s, “All We Need is Love.”


  1. Happy New Year!!! Betty tells me you are coming to First Baptist Church on the 26th of this month. That’s the first I heard about it. Are you going to stay a while and are you staying with me? You know you are always welcome. Looking forward to seeing you all. How is the book doing? I finished it and passes it to Debra and Katy. Can’t even begin to imagine you in some of those situations. GOD IS GOOD!!! Love Aunt Sallie

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