Every year is an opportunity to grow, learn, and praise the Lord. Here at New Hope Christian College, we are honored to be a part of this process every year as we walk alongside our students and, as a community, grow in likeness to Christ. While the year is still new, we encourage you to make resolutions as well as expectations. Spend time in prayer with the Lord, asking him, “Where should I be by the end of 2024? How do you want me to develop this year?” Set your resolutions based on God’s plan for you and expect His future for you to come to fruition. As an institution, NHCC is constantly seeking to follow God’s vision, and we are excited to launch into 2024!
January 2024 Challenge:
Our January 2024 challenge is designed to help motivate you to start the year strong and on the right foot!
- Complete a SOAP devotional at least five days a week, every week in January
- Read two books
- Walk 10,000 steps a day
- Check in with a different person every day and see how you can pray for them this year
- Create something new! Try creating a song, story, painting, etc
- Look for God’s beauty and creativity in nature
- Do an act of kindness without expecting a thank you
- Create three new goals for yourself this year
- Cook a new dish you normally wouldn’t make
- Say “thank you” to someone every day
We hope the devotional below written by our president, Pastor Wayne Cordeiro, will bless you and inspire you to stay strong in your commitments this year.
“King Solomon, however, loved many foreign women … They were from nations about which the Lord had told the Israelites, “You must not intermarry with them, because they will surely turn your hearts after their gods.” … As Solomon grew old, his wives turned his heart after other gods, and his heart was not fully devoted to the Lord his God, as the heart of David his father had been.” (1 Kings 11:1-4)
I have to admit … This one puzzles me. Solomon is my hero. How often have I prayed his prayer for wisdom? I have read his words in Proverbs over and over again. Ecclesiastes bears such prudent principles, nevertheless, Solomon goes from the Queen of Sheba being astonished at his wisdom, and in the very next chapter, he starts the downward tumble. He started off so wise, and ends up so foolish! I guess the lesson here is that wisdom doesn’t necessarily have a long shelf life without a regular maintenance schedule in place. It’s like a car. Just because it runs great when it’s new, that’s no guarantee it will still be running great in a few years. Oil needs to be changed, tire pressure checked, fluids refilled, joints greased and filters replaced. Without regular maintenance, what was shiny and new in the beginning will become a rust-bucket in the end. I heard it said in leadership terms: “No matter what you’ve achieved, you DON’T own success. Success is rented … and rent is due daily.”
I have witnessed this in my own life as well as in the life and ministry of many others. I have seen my own friends who started with a bang and ended prematurely with a thud. They went from a hero to a zero in 60 seconds. I used to follow them, but later, unfollowed them! Robert Clinton, in his book, “The Making of a Leader,” opines that only 30% of leaders end well. I was amazed at that statistic, but as time traveled on, I look back and now I see how accurate his statement was. I have, in a notebook, a list of giants that fell. Solomon wasn’t the only one. Therefore, I must keep a well-scheduled maintenance program in motion, and as the Christmas tune says, “I’m making a list and checking it twice” … otherwise, only time will tell who’s been naughty or nice.
Lord Jesus, if I may, I would like to keep praying for the wisdom of Solomon, but help me to remain obedient to Your Word … no matter how much is achieved. I never want to think that I am immune from the wages of sin. Thank you for reminding me from Your Word every morning how to remain under your Wings and how to walk so that I may please You. So, my prayer today is from Psalm 119:111 … “Thy Word have I hid in my heart that I may not sin against Thee!”