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In the beginning, God… (Genesis 1:1)

Because this is a brand-new year, many people start with New Year’s Resolutions. With a desire to do better with their diet, finances, job, dreams, and relationships; thousands of people will resolve, with good intentions, to begin again. Sadly, those commitments, made in light of tradition, fall sadly short on the longevity table. They don’t last very long, do they?

The problem with most commitments is where they start and where they are rooted. If a person has a firm grip on personal discipline and mental tenacity, new commitments have a chance to succeed, but only barely. Let’s face it, emotional commitments, regardless of how needed and worthy the goal, often fall short. The reason for this is the root of the decision. If the root is located in the flesh, the flesh must produce. Sadly, flesh power is short lived and limited in its endurance.

The greatest place to begin, especially in any new beginning is with God. “In the beginning God…” is the place to start. It is where creation all began and it is the very place where our new life in Christ started. If we do not start with the Lord on any endeavor, we have a difficult time getting off the starting blocks, much less making it around the track for even one lap. 

Today is your opportunity to begin a new year with a fresh commitment to Jesus. Ask Him what He desires of you and be open to what He impresses upon your heart as you study the Word of God. In fact, this may be a great day to begin a new reading program in the Bible…you can’t go wrong there! Begin again, now!


  1. Kelly galloway on January 1, 2022 at 6:22 am

    I will live up to this commitment

  2. James W Howell on January 1, 2022 at 8:41 am

    A New Year, A New Beginning. I. Seek your Will for ME. Help ! PRAISE JESUS !

  3. Susette Loughney on January 1, 2022 at 9:03 am

    I never really believed in New Year’s resolutions my ex used to do that all the time and it didn’t work the next day that was it. I just wait on God to give me what I need. I can’t read the Bible that’s why I have it all on CD to be read to me I can concentrate I used to read the Bible all the way through years ago but my mind wander so bad I can’t even concentrate on anything so this is better for me but Happy New years Dr Curt Dodd and to your family also I hope this is a new year for everybody and I love watching you on Sundays amen.

  4. Betty Laughlin on January 1, 2022 at 12:10 pm

    Amen!May I always seek God in all things

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