Dear friends,

I trust you will enjoy a break over January. It’s a great time to slow down a little, catch up on some reading; take some time out to enjoy this most beautiful part of the world in which we live and to reflect on the year to come.

Some of us aren’t very much into new year’s resolutions, and I’ve never been strong on them, but January does seem like a good time to take stock of your relationship with God and where you’re at with Him.

Here are some questions you may like to ponder:

  1. Do I have a deeper/better understanding of God and his Son Jesus and his Bible than I did this time last year?
  2. Do I have a deep assurance of where I will spend eternity? On what basis?
  3. Am I spending more time now reading the Bible and in prayer than I once did?
  4. Am I involved actively in the life of our church, helping out when and where I can?
  5. Is the Holy Spirit softening my heart so that I am more patient with people; less hasty in being critical and not given to gossip?
  6. Is my conscience growing more tender so that I more readily recognise and resist sin?
  7. Am I seeing more of the fruit of the Spirit – love, joy, patience, gentleness, self-control etc in my life?

Why not pray through these and ask the Lord to keep changing you into the person he wants you to be?

I wish you a very happy and blessed new year growing ever closer to our gracious loving God!


The Rev’d Mark Calder