In the New Year


Don’t fool yourself. If some of you think they are worldly-wise, then they should become foolish so that they can become wise. This world’s wisdom is foolishness to God. As it’s written, He  catches the wise in their cleverness.  And also, The Lord knows that the thoughts of the wise are silly.  So then, no one should brag about human beings. Everything belongs to you—Paul, Apollos, Cephas, the world, life, death, things in the present, things in the future—everything belongs to you,  but you belong to Christ, and Christ belongs to God (1 Corinthians 3:18-23, Common English Bible).

As I sit here typing this, there is an hour and ten minutes left in 2016. I haven’t yet decided on any New Year’s resolutions. When you think about the most common resolutions, I quit smoking years ago. I don’t drink much at all. I have already been losing weight over the past couple of months. I could always use more exercise but…. The thing is, it just doesn’t sound like what I would want my resolution to be for 2017.

How about you? Have you decided on anything yet? The clock is ticking.

As I think about it, the lesson above might speak to my dilemma. I belong to Christ. I need to live more often, with that idea in mind. I know, I am a pastor, so it sounds like something I am already doing. It would seem that I could put it into the same category as losing weight. It isn’t as much of a resolution when you are already living that way.

The thing that makes living a more disciplined faith different is there is always more we can do, more ways we can grow into the likeness of Christ. I want to grow in my faithfulness.

I mentioned in a previous post that I am not really into New Year’s resolutions. I read a book several years ago titled, My One Word by Rev. Mike Ashcraft. We will talk more about it in the days ahead. But, the basic idea is, instead of having resolutions that we might or might not keep, to have one word that would be your focus for the year.

So, I have decided, my word for 2017 is going to be “faithfulness.” Instead of having a resolution that would be something specific, my word, through prayer, I will work to leave myself open to what God thinks that should look like. Perhaps when I leave that to God, it will make me a better disciple.

I pray God’s richest blessings on you in 2017. May it be the best year of your life.

Joy and Peace,


Copyright 2017, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved

Published by drjkbroyles

I love Mike Ashcraft's book, "My One Word." For the past nine years I have participated and encouraged others to participate to in the "My One Word" Challenge. My first word was discipline was my word the first year. Since then my word has been focus, sight, jungle, peace, concentration, serve, genuine and this year is fit. I seek to be fit for my health, my family, my church, my ministries. I seek to be fit in any are of my life where God might point to me. I also have a nickname, "Dr. B." When I was a public high school teacher, Dr. B. is what most of my students called me, at least in my presence. I am still called that by many people though I no longer teach in public schools. I am the author of "Average Joe: With an Extraordinary Story" (available on Amazon). The book fits into the genre of "Biblical Fiction" or "Christian Fiction" and features some of the Bible's lesser known characters. The name of my blog is, "Fork in the Road." Life is filled with forks in the road. It isn't a matter of if we encounter a fork in the road, but when will we and how many will we experience in a lifetime. I love to strum my guitar. I am not a great guitar player but I enjoy it. I also enjoy writing music. I get excited with I feel a new song emerging. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog, "Bishop" in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 30 years as a United Methodist pastor, serving churches all over east and southeast Texas, from just north of Tyler to south of Houston, from the Gulf Coast to east of Madisonville. I currently serve Perritte Memorial UMC in Nacogdoches. I spent one year in the classroom, teaching High School government, economics, psychology, and sociology. Cindy and I have been married for 43 years. We have two grown sons and six grandchildren, three boys and three girls. I enjoy preaching and all it's aspects from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading. I have dabble in drawing and "painting" with pastels as well as woodworking and woodcarving. My current projects are two ukuleles. I collect, repair and restore guitars too. I play the guitar (badly, but I still do) I also enjoy working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, TX, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. This blog started out as devotional writings. In August of 2020, I made a major change to the blog, switching to a daily theme format. Sunday Sermon-usually my manuscript sermon Miscellaneous Monday-misc. writing, poetry, ministry Tuesday Thoughts-Devotion Wed. with Wesleys-hist. & theol. of early Methodists TED Talk Thursday-Video & appl. in current theology Five for Friday-5 things I've seen & my thoughts Sing-Along Sat. - Usually a new song I have written I write, "Strumming a G-Chord with Dr.B." to get my thoughts onto something permanent. After all, they say, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. Seeking the Genuine, Keith Lufkin, Texas August 2020

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