Happy New Year!
Happy New Year! This is a time where many of us make promises to ourselves to do things differently than last year. We make all sorts of commitments to healthy living, more dedication to family, pursuit of education or setting new financial goals. It’s a time where we reflect on the past and look ahead to the future. Some of us are filled with excitement looking ahead to the future. You’ve had a great 2013 and can’t wait for what is in store in 2014. Others of us have not had the best year and are hoping for some relief from the stresses that have come into your life over the last 12 months. Or maybe you experienced a deep pain or loss and are in need of healing and restoration in the new year.
Some of us have been doing things for a long time in our own strength totally disconnected from The Lord and are simply exhausted. Many of us are wishing we had an eraser to wipe the board clean and start over.
Let us remember that The Lord doesn’t work on our time table. He doesn’t look at January 1st as the day to start fresh in our lives. He doesn’t make mistakes and He doesn’t have regrets. He has been at work in our lives and the work He is doing is good. Everything that has happened no matter how difficult has been an opportunity for Him to be glorified in us. An opportunity for us to grow and learn from each experience. A chance to develop character and perseverance and to learn about Him and experience His love. It is up to us to have the right outlook, the right perspective.
This new year let us make a different kind of commitment.
This year let us commit to being fully devoted to God.
Let us commit to not trying to figure things out in our own way but seeking The Lord and waiting on Him to lead and direct us. (Psalm 34:4-10)
Let us commit to fixing our gaze on Him when things around us are seemingly out of control. (Col. 3:1-2)
Let us commit to actively putting God on display and seeking ways to bring him glory in every situation. (Rev. 4:11)
Let us commit to studying His word, seeking His face in prayer, and cultivating our love relationship with Him. (Deut. 11:18-23)
And finally let us commit to trusting The Lord and running this race wholeheartedly with great excitement that the reward ahead of us is so worth whatever suffering it takes to get there.
(1 Cor. 9:24-27, Phil. 3:12-21)