New Year’s Thoughts

Hiker Jumping over Mountain Stream

To leap from day to day like a mad hunter scouring the fields, is an omen of being delivered over to destruction.

But the solemn pause, the deliberate consideration — these are means of grace and signs of an indwelling life.

The tide of ocean stays a while at ebb before it resolves to flood again.  The moon sometimes lingers at the full.

There are distinct hedges in nature set between the acres of time — even the stroke of the bell is a little mound of warning; men should not remove landmarks, but beat  the bounds frequently and keep with due interval and solemnity the remembrance of the passing away of days, and months, and years.

— C. H. Spurgeon – Preface to Evening By Evening

Think about people who find themselves in religious ruts. They discover a number of things about themselves. They will find that they are getting older but not getting any holier. Time is their enemy, not their friend. The time they trusted and looked to is betraying them, for they often said to themselves, “The passing of time will help me. I know some good old saints, so as I get older I’ll get holier and better. Time will help me, purify me and revive me.” They said that the year before last, but they were not helped any last year. Time betrayed them. They were not any better last year than they had been the year before.

— A. W. Tozer – Rut, Rot, or Revival

How solemn is the reflection, that with a new cycle of time for each traveler to Zion, commences a new and untrodden path!  New events in his history will transpire, new scenes in the panorama of life will unfold, new phases of character will develop, new temptations will attack, new duties will be assigned, new trials will be experienced, new sorrows will be felt, new friendships will be formed, new mercies will be bestowed.  As the pilgrim journeying thru the wilderness to his eternal home stands upon the threshold of this untried period of his existence, how truly may it be said, when pondering the unknown and uncertain future, “Ye have not passed this way before.”

— Octavius Winslow – Morning Thoughts


About savedbygrace1976

Mark Chanski (author of Manly Dominion; Womanly Dominion; and Encouragement: Adrenaline for the Soul) has labored as a full-time Pastor since 1986 in churches in Ohio and Michigan. He has been Pastor of Harbor Church in Holland, Michigan, since 1994. He has also been elected as Coordinator of the Reformed Baptist Network. He holds a Bachelor's degree from Cornerstone University, and a Master of Divinity degree from Grand Rapids Theological Seminary. He teaches Hermeneutics for the Reformed Baptist Seminary in Sacramento, CA. Mark is married to his wife Dianne, and has fathered their four sons and one daughter, whose ages stretch from 36 to 26 (born 1983 to 1994).
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