A good thought from C.S. Lewis to begin the New Year…
The real problem of the Christian life comes where people do not usually look for it.
It comes the very moment you wake up each morning. All your wishes and hopes for the day rush at you like wild animals.
And the first job each morning consists simply in shoving them back; in listening to that other voice, taking that other point of view, letting that other larger, stronger, quieter life come flowing in.
And so on, all day. (Taken from Letters of C.S. Lewis © 1966)
A kernel of wheat of wheat must be planted in the soil. Unless it dies it will be alone — a single seed. But its death will produce many new kernel — a plentiful harvest of new lives. (John 12:24)
As we begin the New Year, we need to remember this principle: Each new day must begin with a death: our own, to self. We must do the hard work of putting aside the things we want, and set our minds on that which he wants.
From there comes the plentiful harvest.