On New Year’s Day, my wife, Joan, and I kept the tradition - we ate black-eyed peas. In fact, I don’t remember a New Year’s Day ever without eating black-eyed peas. Allegedly, it is for good luck. Now, you and I know that eating black-eyed peas does not bring good luck, but many of us do it out of habit. And habits die hard.
Not only did many of us carry on the tradition of black-eyed peas, but we also carried on the tradition of making New Year’s resolutions. Some of those resolutions were to break old habits, and others were to begin new ones. A few days into the new year, we often ask others how they are doing with those New Year’s resolutions or how lucky they may have been. Honestly, I am not a believer in luck, but I do resolve every year to break a couple of habits or start a new one.
This year my resolve is to share a habit I have been keeping for years - a daily reading of the Bible. I want to ask you to join me in a reading of the Gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles during 2015. If you read the Bible daily, please continue to do so. I am asking you to join me in a weekly reading of Luke and Acts.
While we will not gather face to face, we will study one chapter each week together online. Devotionals, questions and our responses online will connect us with United Methodists across the North Texas Conference. You may have already received an email about how to connect. Laity and clergy are joining me in writing and commenting on the chapters we will read. And we want you to join us.
Engaging in this weekly reading will not bring good luck or good fortune. You may develop a new habit. What I pray happens is that we learn something new about Jesus, whom we know as Lord, and that we understand the beginning of the early Christian church. Hopefully, the truths of the Gospel and the impact of the church will bring you something better than luck: a deeper awareness of God’s claim upon your life and the expectations God has of you.
My New Year’s resolution looks something like this:
I will live in such a way as to be a more deeply committed disciple of the Christ.
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I also encourage you to participate fully by joining our Facebook Bible Study group to see responses from others and add your thoughts.