"We can't stop the stresses of life...So I keep calling on the Repairman to patch up my soul." - A Worker in China
We were made servants through Jesus Christ so that we can spread the Gospel. But we need to be strengthened and renewed daily if we are going to stay on task for Him. & with the daily stresses and demands of life, our souls need frequent repair. That's why daily time with God is so important. The less time we spend with Him in His Word and in prayer, the less effective we are for His kingdom. We cannot spend our entire lives simply summarizing what the Bible says; we must get out and do what God is instructing us to do. Seek to spend time with Him, and then respond with obedience.
Daily time with God is what keeps a missionary going. In the same way, daily time with God is your fuel for each day. Without it, you will become weary and tired - maybe even injured. Daily time with God will keep you alert, and you'll likely have a more successful Christian walk. Consider Joshua 1:8, "This book of instruction must not depart from your mouth; you are to recite it day and night so that you may carefully observe everything written in it. For then you will prosper and succeed in whatever you do."
As you begin 2011, thank God for His gift - Jesus Christ - and the reestablishment of relationship with Him through this gift. Thank Him for new beginnings, fresh starts, and new mercies. Then ask God to forgive you for any lack of reverence for His time, and ask Him to restore you through your daily quiet times with Him. Lastly, thank Him for the changes He will bring in your life as a result of your diligence. What better way to start the new year than to rekindle that precious time spent with your Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!