Sunday, January 1, 2012

Boon's Sunday Sermon #20 - 2012 Year of the Dog

“This is what the LORD says— he who made a way through the sea, a path through the mighty waters, “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” Isaiah 43:16, 18-19 NIV




Being in the moment is being in the present and that is virtually being in tune with the Creator who is Presence and Present personified. Being in the moment makes certain that you are not tormented by the past or burdened by the future. It is the way to sanity, health and, most of all, peace. - unknown author


As you move out of 2011 and into 2012 instead of making a list of resolutions that won't be kept past the second week of January, why not resolve to live life more like a dog.


Dogs don't dwell on the past and they don't worry about the future.  They live in the moment - in the right now  and they live it to the fullest.  


Jesus said in John 10:10, "I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full."


He did not live and die so that we could have the ordinary or to just get us to the other side.  He intended for us to enjoy life NOW.  


So regardless of what your past holds - abuse, rejection, loneliness, frustration, bad habits, bad memories, or bad situations - that does not have to dictate your present or your future.


Philippians 3:13,14 says, "I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus."


Declare with us that 2012 is the Year of the Dog - and forget what is behind and press on towards what is ahead in joyful expectation - just like our canine friends do each and every moment of each and every day.


HAPPY NEW YEAR, FRIENDS!!




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19 comments:

  1. Happy New Year to you and your family!

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  2. Happy New Year! Very nice sermon too!

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  3. Wonderful advice - as you always seem to find for us.

    Wishes to all for 2012 to be happy, healthy, peaceful, and love-filled.

    Woos - Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning

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  4. Happy New Year to all of you!

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  5. Happy New Year you guys!!!! woo woo woo!

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  6. Happy New year to you all and your humans!..and to the moment that we call 'right now'!!!

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  7. Mighty wonderful post, friend!
    Play bows,
    Zim

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  8. very inspiring words, thank you. wrote several of your statements in my journal this a.m. yes... let's live in the moment!! Blessings to the love shack pack...and be careful of those open flames.

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  9. And..."Tomorrow will worry about itself." Happy New Year, wise Golden!

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  10. Great Sermon! Thanks!

    Happy Year of the Dog! We deserve it!

    Bark at ya later,

    Baylor

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  11. Inspiring ideed. I hope everyone ries to live like us dogs.
    1 Corthians 5:17, words to live by.
    Blessings,
    Goose

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  12. I always look for your Sunday Sermon. Todays was, as always beautiful. I especially loved the part that starts with
    "So regardless of what your past holds"
    Hope Scarlett is doing well and Rosebud and all of you are all happy....
    Love
    Bert

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  13. Happy New Year to you and the Pack!!

    Doggy Kisses,
    Tanner

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  14. Hi Y'All!

    Someone commented on my blog that you and I had almost the same resolutions for 2012. I'm not a religious person but I try to live a good and loving life. That led me to resolve to try to live more like a dog, in terms of living in the moment.

    Isn't amazing how similar our outlooks are?

    Happy New Year to you.

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  15. An excellent message! Wishing all of you the best for the New Year and beyond!

    Cheers!

    The Road Dogs

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  16. Hi Y'all,

    Just rushed by to check up on y'all and wish everybody, humans and pawed ones, a very wonderful New Year!

    Y'all come by now,
    Hawk aka BrownDog

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  17. I just found you--So many thanks for you words of life. You have made our day and one of us is fighting a struggle for life, please include KISSIE in your prayers. Thanks alot. Bless all of you for your precious words.

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