I once kept a New Year’s resolution!

Yep, I once kept a New Year’s resolution! About 30 or more years ago I once decided near the end of the year that in the next I would not drink any coffee. I did keep that promise to myself and did not drink any coffee for one year. I had been drinking far too much but the biggest reason I did that was to prove to myself that I could be the master of me.

Are you your own master? I don’t mean in place of Jesus, I am thinking in context of being able to tell yourself “NO!”. My observation is that only a few people ever reach the level of self-discipline so that they are indeed able to master their own appetites, fleshly (sinful) desires, greed, and love of the praise of men. The proof positive is right before our eyes.

Americans spend billions each year on prescription meds to alter their minds so that they can live with some measure of peace and contentment. And, other substances, legal and illegal, with the hope they can be “happy”are common fare. Big shot politicians, CEO’s of large companies, pro-athletes, and Hollywood types are all representative in some measure of us all, proving again and again that most of us are enslaved to our own appetites and are mastered rather than being master.

This is the day when New Year’s resolutions are usually announced. Most of them will not last ’til spring so why do it? Well, the reason I am doing it is that I think it might aid me in keeping a promise to myself. So my resolutions are…__________, I’m not telling you! Maybe I’ll tell you in a year…, if I keep them!

Maybe a great resolution would be to start learning to tell yourself “No!”. I don’t always do it but when I do it is a powerful, exhilarating, experience. Unfortunately, at age 65 I still have the training wheels on much of the time. But, you never get too old to grow, to learn, to be better, to have more character, and to be more obedient to your God.

I face the new decade with optimism, with resolve, and with great expectation. I gladly admit that except for the fact that I lean heavily upon God’s promises and the Lordship of Jesus in my life I would be laid flat with personal failure. So I will continue to “faith it ’til I make it”. I’ll keep looking up, acknowledging that every good thing comes from a loving heavenly Father. And, I’ll keep harping on Jesus and His over-the-top love on this blog.

Thanks to all who have commented, encouraged me, asked questions off the record, challenged my positions, and prayed for me. Please keep up all the above. I wish everyone a great New Year. May God’s favor be upon you.

Royce Ogle

Wishing you a fine ’09

Except for the noise of sporadic fireworks in the neighborhood back yards 2008, (my 63rd), quietly slipped into history. My wife and I ordered pizza, watched America’s Funniest Home Videos, some Fox News and the dawn of a New Year was upon us.

Even in the midst of a failing economic climate ’08 was a very good year for the Ogle’s. We were blessed in so many ways I can’t list even most of them. Our greatest blessings are the wonderful people we have met and know. Carol has recruited even more gals for her chapter of Sweet Adeline’s and through her work with WFR Relief has made many wonderful friends and acquaintances. Our Grief Share ministry has allowed us not only to meet some dear folks but to be a part of their healing as well. And, I began two weekly meetings with groups of believing men who have been an enormous blessing and a joy to my life. God has been very, very kind to us indeed.

At almost 63 1/2 we are both is very good health with a few annoyances due mostly to very high mileage. We are both full of optimism and greet 2009 with enthusiasm. We have nothing to fear and much to look forward to. Our grand children are growing up very quickly and we cherish our time with them. And, we like their mamma’s and daddy’s too. 🙂

We are excited about ministry opportunities, travel, a garden, bluebonnets blooming, singing competitions, fishing, NASCAR, and a host of other things in no particular order. Life is good and sharing some of it with you, my readers, is a joy. My sincere hope is that something I post here will guide someone to Christ, encourage someone to follow Him more closely, to love Him more deeply, and to love those He loves in more tangible ways.

So I am happy to welcome a new year but my hope is in the One who lives outside the time/space continuum and knew my future before I had my beginning. In good times or in bad He is with me. No man can ask for more.

Wishing you all the best,