Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Friends, the Christmas Season is now well underway, and the New Year 2023 is ahead of us. As we begin this new season of life together, I’d like to share a few words of encouragement from the Word of God.
Have you decided yet on your New Year's Resolutions? It is easy for us to over-promise and then inevitably feel like we’ve failed. God knows how much this has been my experience over the years. Whether this is a promise to lose some weight, read more, be more thankful and mindful in all I do, or perhaps be a little less anxious about the things I have no control over… the list goes on and on.
It is easy to become overwhelmed and decide that this whole resolution business is counterproductive. Yet, the Bible may be giving us a little hint here. In his epistle to the Philippians, Paul wrote: “Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of [that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me]. But one thing I do: forgetting what is behind and straining towards what is ahead, I press on towards the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenwards in Christ Jesus.”
This New Year gives us an opportunity to look ahead in hope and strive for that which leads us heavenwards. So, whatever you do, whether you decide to have some New Year resolutions or not, I encourage you to be mindful of God’s presence among us prayerfully. The truth is that everything we do in life can be turned into prayer if we do that mindfully, bearing Jesus’s name in our hearts!
May the Lord’s presence among us during the Christmas Season fill your hearts with “all joy and peace in believing that you may abound in hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.” Happy New Year, everyone!