Two months in a row, Illumine is making up words.
Last month: Christmerosity. The kind of generosity you see at Christmas - inspired by Christ.
This month: Yearbuiliding. You want a successful 2017? Big surprise - so does everybody. Illumine doesn't exist (and wouldn't promise) to help you have a financially or physically helpful 2017 (even though that's the stuff most New Year's resolution are made of.) But spiritually? This is why Illumine is here.
God wants you to have a spiritually beneficial 2017, too, and he's given you tools to help make that happen. The Bible, the sacraments, Christian community, prayer - all of these are gifts from God to help you grow closer to him. So, the question is: How will you use those gifts this year?
Just so it's clear: a spiritually successful 2017 is very attainable. The tools exist, they're free, and they're for everyone. But you're a lot more likely to use them well if you make a plan, tell people about your plan, and then take it one step at a time.
That's what this month is about around here. I hope you get to take advantage of it, and I know God has helpful things in store for your soul if you do.
"“Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Will he not first sit down and estimate the cost to see if he has enough money to complete it?" (Luke 14:28)
-Pastor Kent Reeder