Plagiarism is so much easier in 2016. All you have to do is cut and paste.
Here’s some awesome words for the new year I stole from a dead guy. But don’t look at me, the Christian History Institute (who steal from dead guys and gals for a living) took it first.
“January 1, 1893 fell on a Sunday. One of England’s notable preachers, Charles Spurgeon, based a sermon written for that day on the common practice of making a New Year’s resolution. Taking Psalm 115 as his text, he urged his listeners to worship the living God in a living manner and to ‘bless the Lord from this time forth and forevermore.’”
“Begin to praise God in the tone of your spirit…
It is bliss to praise God so that our very thoughts praise Him,
not by effort,
but as flowers pour out their perfume,
so that our inmost soul praises Him,
just as the birds sing,
not as if it were a task,
but because it cannot help it!
Was it not made to sing?”
Spurgeon, Charles. “The Right Keynote for the New Year.” Intended to be read on January 1, 1893.
PS – Spurgeon wrote this in advance for the new year but died before he could deliver it. I thought I’d do it for him 123 years later. Better late than never, right?!