I am all about the anti-resolution; the beginning of a New Year becomes stressful to me the more I try to hold to a plan made with the best intention, yet usually leads to failure. However, living a healthy lifestyle, one designed by God, makes sense to me, so that’s the route I’m taking. I invite you to join me no matter what time of year it is.
Goals are great, and I think God wants us to embrace our possibilities and plans with hope, not stress. Different life events bring new beginnings for all of us, and this particular time of the year is a wonderful time to refresh, reset and move into a new season.
There’s a song we played during the holidays that celebrated Christmas as being “the most wonderful time of the year.” January is the second most wonderful time of the year! It’s a month filled with crisp air that fills our lungs, and allows us to exhale relief. It begins a season of renewed starting points. How we use it matters.
My girlfriend Kim is dreaming about gardening right now; she’s not able to plant or weed or fertilize, but she can definitely look at her seed catalogs then dream, and plan, and look forward to what’s about to come. This is the beginning of the process for her planting, it sets a nice tone for personal growth, too.
I was doing my devotions on New Year’s Day and Jeremiah 29:11 kept coming at me. Here’s the verse: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” For me, Jeremiah 29:11 is a known verse, one of my best friends even uses it as a part of her email. I’m learning that when I get a verse that I’m very familiar with I don’t always look at it the way I should. But it kept coming up throughout my day! This taught me to keep remembering to accept what comes forward in my days, whether it’s ordinary or not, and to see everything for what it is “in that moment.”
Maybe you are really good at this; personally, multitasking gets in my way. I want to encourage you to live in the moment. Even in the regular ordinary everyday things, God is at work, and you are made to be filled with hope. He really doe wants to prosper you in His way and His time, he’s always doing a new thing.
Right now there are a lot of messages coming at us: encouraging us to lose weight, get organized, keep the new listeners who found you through Christmas music; I’m sure there’s one gnawing at you. We can say we’re going to make changes, but its the steps it takes to do this, it’s the process that God wants us to work through, trusting that the end result will be His whether it’s a loss of 5 pounds, becoming more organized or gaining ground with ratings.
My hope for you for this New Year is that you, too, can embrace Jeremiah 29:11 whether it’s a familiar verse or not.
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