As the calendar takes on a new year, we flip through the photos, whether it be of puppies, golf images or as mine hangs proudly, tropical scenes of white sandy beaches. The empty squares indicating days yet to be lived. Those 12 pages can either propel us or paralyze us.
The change of the New Year has traditionally become a re-setting if you will of our life compass. We evaluate the past and plan for the future. For some of us, this means sitting down writing out our Resolutions. Money to be made, exercise routines, diet plans, buy that new house, get that promotion, clean out those closets, get organized and the list goes on. Don’t get me wrong, these are all a good plan of attack for the New Year. A New Year’s Resolution can be defined as ‘a firm decision to do or not do something, a course of action designed with intent to keep a vow.’ Statistics claim, one in three Americans make a New Year’s resolution of some sort, yet only about 75% of these folks stick to their goal … for at least … a week. Head hung, shoulders slumped. Sigh.
Have we considered that instead of a resolution to do better, get more, and perhaps be something other than we are, that we seek … revelation? As we read through our bibles this year, may we see new qualities of God that cause us to take pause and be in awe of Him. May we see areas He wants growth in our lives …yield and surrender.
As we stand at the door of 2017, may we truly position ourselves to seek a fresh revelation of our God. Making a firm decision to take action to learn more of His love, trust His hand and bow more in gratitude of His mercy and grace. We ask, INVITE You Lord, show us.
I pray over us as Paul did, “For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of His glorious riches He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” – Eph. 3:14-21
From our home to yours, a hardy blessed Happy New Year.
In Him, DeDe & Mark ( “Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.” – Heb. 10:24)