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Pressing Your Reboot Button

Sometimes—actually about once a week—I wish my life resembled a computer: logical, unemotional, and equipped with a volume button that I can turn down. Way down.

You understand if you live in a house with as many as four women. I love all of them dearly but they don’t always make sense, they insist I join them on their terrifying emotional roller coaster rides, and at times their volume level is stuck on “YELL!”

Did I mention that I love them dearly?

All joking aside, the aspect I admire most about the computer is its ability to reboot. Back in the day when I was enslaved to a PC, I observed this ritual on a daily basis. Now that I work on a Mac, I still follow the practice on an irregular basis, just because it feels good to start over. And on those occasions that even my Mac gets stuck, I know I can press the power button for 10 seconds and everything will begin anew.

When my life gets cluttered and confused, or I get frustrated with the person I’ve become, I long for a reboot button. The closest thing we have to this amazing function is New Year’s Day.

New Year’s Day is really like any other day. The sun comes up in the morning and sets in the late afternoon. The weather may or may not resemble the day before or the day after. It does offer a panoply of college football games. But it’s just another day.

Except that it also offers a new start. Despite all the great New Year’s resolutions people make involving weight loss, education, self-improvement or getting out of debt, I believe the greatest goal is the commitment to get closer to God. But without a plan, it likely won’t happen.

Your Can Reboot In Two Days (actually, you can reboot whenever you want!)

In two days we’ll begin reading through the Bible in a year. Every morning, very early, this blog will supply you with:

  • An online link to four Scripture passages—a selection from the Psalms, a selection from Proverbs, and readings from the Old and New Testaments;
  • Tips for understanding that day’s readings;
  • Reflections on how they speak to my heart; and
  • An opportunity for you to share with our online community how it speaks to yours.

You can also receive a daily email with everything in it. Just sign up on the main page.

I hope you’ll join me.

If you read consistently and listen with your heart, you will be changed. The word of God is too powerful not to.

This is what the LORD says: “Let not the wise man boast of his wisdom or the strong man boast of his strength or the rich man boast of his riches, but let him who boasts boast about this: that he understands and knows me, that I am the LORD, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight,” declares the LORD.
Jeremiah 9:23-24 (NIV)


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