Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.         Luke 10:27

Recently, I have had the old Burt Bacharach song, “What the World Needs Now” running through my mind. As we approach the New Year, I truly believe that Burt got it right, “what the world needs now is love, sweet love, it’s the only thing that there’s just too little of.” Boy, when you look at the news and see some of the things happening in our world today, this song rings so true.

To tell you the truth, the love needed doesn’t start with the love we give to others, it starts and ends with our love for God. You can make all the resolutions you want this New Year, but the only one that really matters is your devotion to God. As a believer in Christ, it is not about saying I will do this and I won’t do that and then dropping the idea or falling short. It is more about asking the Lord to help us each day, to fall deeper and deeper in love with Him. This way our focus will be set on the things of heaven and not on all the earthly stuff.

If I were to make a New Year resolution, it would be to have a deeper commitment, a deeper love, and a deeper worship for the Lord. Throughout the trials of Kathy and I over this past 5+ months, God has spoken to me in that still small voice in prayer and said, “I am more than enough. I am more than enough in every area of your life. Come to me. Give everything to me.”

This year, no matter what comes, I am determined to make Jesus my all and all. He wants our undivided attention in spite of the distractions and temptations that lie waiting around the corner. He has to be our main focus.

How about you; is God tugging at your heart, your soul, wanting a deeper relationship with you? If you are a Christian and you feel stagnate in your relationship with the Lord, then now is the time to rekindle the love you have for him.

Yes, what the world needs know is love, to fall in love with God more and more and to share that love with his people. May you find the fullness of God’s love deep in your heart in 2018. Then and only then will it be the happiest of new years.

From Kathy and I:  Have a truly happy and blessed New Year!

Pastor Jeff