Happy Monday and a blessed 2015.
It’s always a challenge to me to see the birth of a new year. It’s a little daunting.
As we recall the past year, we see we are “still here” in spite of all that happened–good and not so good.
It’s a very comforting truth to know that God knows the path we are going to take, for God cares–“the eyes of the Lord thy God are always upon it, from the beginning of the year even unto the end of it.” Deuteronomy 11:12
Each of us will have his own personal “assignment.” But one thing I am aware of is that “we are here for such a time as this,” as was said to Esther when she saved her nation.
It’s no accident that we are here in the twenty-first century. And I know that though I may not do anything as magnificent as Esther, I can and must do two things–be salt and light in our world. You too!
Salt flavors, preserves, makes one thirsty. Does anyone thirst for what we have?
Salt can also irritate. Enough said.
For about a week before Christmas, we had a string of overcast days, and frankly, I longed for the light of the sun as it was hiding.
Our world is a very dark place. We are told as followers of Jesus to “walk as children of the light.” Ephesians 5:8
In the sermon on the mount, Jesus said, “Let your light shine…” Has our battery grown dim? Weak?
Fortunately, we can recharge by getting into the relationship that comes by spending time with our Father. Just to “be still” and know He is our God.
I found this list several months ago, and it seems to fit a new beginning in life:
The 7 Do-Mores
Do more than exist–live
Do more than talk–say something
Do more than touch–feel
Do more than look–observe
Do more than hear–listen
Do more than think–ponder
Do more than listen–understand
Let’s decide to believe that our Lord will lead us this year.
“In pastures green? Not always,
Sometimes He who knoweth best
In kindness leads me in weary ways
Where heavy shadows be.
So whether on hilltops high and fair
I dwell, or in sunless valleys, where
The shadows lie. No matter, He is there.”