I used to make resolutions every Jan 1. When I was younger a few of my resolutions were to study harder in school and to do my chores without complaining. As I got older it changed to dieting, keeping my house cleaned, not grumbling too much or reading my bible more, along with many other goals. And without fail by February I was back in my normal habits.
So eventually I stopped making New Year resolutions and instead decided to stay focused on God’s Word. Without a reading plan or study guide I let the Holy Spirit guide me into the different aspects of Spiritual Discipline.
Soon a few minutes reading a 5-min devotional each morning turned into meaningful prayer time. Eventually my prayer time was expanded and included worship and more in-depth devotions. Now, I get up earlier just to spend quiet time with God. The time is spent reading, listening to worship songs, praying and even coloring.
This year again I will not make any resolutions and will continue to walk confidently in faith and being content in my circumstances. Instead of diet plans and goals I choose to pray unceasingly and serve God by being the Light of Christ.
By February I know I will be struggling to get up early on a cold winter morning, instead opting to stay snuggled under the warmth of blankets. But then an opportunity comes to worship as my alarm goes off and Pandora begins playing praise and worship songs. What a blessing – I can stay in the warmth of the bed God has provided and worship Him in song.
When spring arrives, the warmer weather and the smell of fresh clean air will bring distractions that will tempt me to stray from my faith journey. Yet, another opportunity will come to praise God when I see the first Robin and watch the squirrels frolicking in the warm breeze. The first crocus to bloom brings hope and a new abundant life as we all rejoice winter is over and spring has arrived. The scripture from Isaiah says it beautifully, I paraphrased, “The (winter and frozen ground) shall be glad; (the bare trees) shall rejoice and blossom like the crocus; it shall blossom abundantly and rejoice with joy and singing.” (Here is the original scripture verse – Isaiah 35:1-2a ESV)
There will be struggles, disappointments, sorrow, and hardships in the New Year. But each new day will bring the peace of Jesus; beauty and hope; laughter and love.
We do not know what the New Year will bring, so let us honor and worship God our creator wherever we are, whatever our circumstances and whenever the opportunity opens before us.
Let our lives bloom in 2018 wherever God plants us.
Where is God planting to you?