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First 100 Days

Every year we come to January 1st with our goals and resolutions hoping for the best. I humbly admit though that 365 is a long time and I have not always followed through with everything. So this year I’m starting with this, the first 100 days…

After the long and tiresome journey of campaigning for presidency, the reality is that the journey has really just begun. Now it’s time for the rubber to meet the road. In fact, the President’s first 100 days are some of the most important days of his four year term. Those 100 days are used to measure the success and accomplishments of a president during the time that the president’s power and influence are at their greatest.

FDR’s (Franklin D. Roosevelt) first 100 days in 1933 paved the way for our country to come out of the Great Depression. Ronald Reagan’s first 100 days were marked with political craftsmanship to reduce taxes as well as the size and growth of the federal government. Bill Clinton responded in generosity to Boris Yeltsin’s request for help but also dismantled the Reagan-Bush restrictions on abortion. The first 100 days played a large roll on each president’s reputation and more or less set the tone for what the people could expect from their leadership.

Obviously this is not exactly an accurate assessment for the presidents throughout history, but it does bring up an interesting principle – start strong, stay consistent, finish stronger. Whether we are talking about dieting and exercise, planning for financial freedom, or spiritual formation, we can not get to our preferred future without starting somewhere. Additionally, let it be said that you also can not get there alone.

Every year we come to January 1st with our goals and resolutions hoping for the best. I humbly admit though that 365 is a long time and I have not always followed through with everything. So this year I’m starting with this, the first 100 days. I have scheduled time in my calendar each day with an alarm so that I can accomplish the goals and resolutions I have set for myself this year. This blog is one of them. For the next 100 days (January 1-April 10 is 100 days) I will attempt to share my thoughts and experiences of my spiritual journey in particular. I invite you to join me. Read. Comment. Challenge. Let’s begin with Das One below.

DAY ONE

Every journey starts with a single step and no first step is more critically life changing than making Jesus the Boss of your life. But as first steps go, they are never the last step. One step leads to the next, moving an individual from where they are now to where they want to go. Can you remember your first encounter with Jesus? What made it significant? Did you stop at asking Him to forgive you and be your Savior, or did you also make him Lord?

The psalmist, King David, makes an interesting statement during his spiritual journey. “Say to the LORD, ‘You are my Lord; apart from you I have no good thing'” (Psalm 16:2). The two terms used for “Lord” are actually slightly different in the original language that the were written. The first term for LORD, Yhvh in the original Hebrew language, is from the proper name of God (Yahovah, Yahweh). The second use of the word Lord is Adonay, meaning master or owner. Do you see the difference in meaning and what David was communicating?

The New Testament refers to Jesus as “Lord” 740 times. It’s something that we can’t ignore. So again thinking back to your first day with Jesus, did you simply admit that he was LORD and ask Him for forgiveness or did you also make him Lord? How can you tell you ask? Give yourself a check-up on this first day of the first 100 days. Have you given Him control of your relationships, your career, your finances, your attitudes, your time, and anything else that you value? Apart from Him as your Lord, you have no good thing.

Application

What evidence do you see that you have allowed Jesus to be the Boss of your life?

What areas of your life do you still need to give God control of? What are you going to do about it?

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