A Wonderful Time to Begin Again

I love the new year.

I love that you get to start over, make resolutions to make you better and a better person, and look at things in a different way.

At the beginning of this new year, I am beginning my blog again after a few weeks without the responsibility of daily writing. It was good for me to do that, but I am thankful to start again.

I want you to know that I appreciate your reading and your encouragement for this daily exercise.

As we begin this new year, I have three resolutions to make.

First, to live more disciplined. Discipline and organization run hand in hand. Both are required to be truly effective. Both run through almost every decision in life. The person who controls his time and deals with the true priorities will accomplish more and will feel more fulfilled in doing so.

Second, to live as healthy as possible. My mother you used to say, “You are what you eat and what you think.” Eating and thinking are paramount in living a healthy life. If you don’t think right, how can you live right. Health is much more that how much you weigh; it is who you are on the inside as much as on the outside.

Third, to help other people be more disciplined, physically and spiritually fit, and equipped for what life is all about. As John Donne said, “No man is an island, entire of himself.” As he further said, we are members of the whole. Only as we help each other and point them to the Author and Finisher of our faith can we ever truly be what God made us to be.

These are some of the things I plan for the new year.

What will you do to make your life better and more complete for the Lord?


  1. Scot
    Jan 07, 2020

    My “one word” for 2020 is “servant”.

  2. Douglas Penland
    Jan 07, 2020

    Waylon you witness, wisdom and insight are appreciated. Blessings

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For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. — Ephesians 6:12-13 (NIV)