What a wonderful time of year! I am praying that you are getting some rest from work and the daily routine of life that sometimes bogs us down.
I love that a new year is right around the corner and that we can embrace changes in our lives that will make us, and those around us, better people. More importantly, I hope these choices make us more Christ-like (for our own good, but also for those around us to see Him more clearly).
Some folks call them ‘New Year’s Resolutions’, but I prefer to focus more on the term, ‘Areas of Focus.’ Many times, when we ‘break’ a New Year’s resolution, we quit trying to change. We’ve messed up. We’re no longer perfect in our pursuit of change. It’s over. But acknowledging that change is a process and comes in pieces, with some successes and some failures, helps us keep moving toward complete change, rather than quitting at the first sight of failure.
I was reading Isaiah 40 this morning, and thought what a perfect passage this is as we approach a new year. As we ask God for a new direction or ‘areas of focus’ in our lives, let’s keep in mind the power and might of our God.
“Who else has held the oceans in his hand?
Who has measured off the heavens with his fingers?
Who else knows the weight of the earth
or has weighed the mountains and hills on a scale?
13 Who is able to advise the Spirit of the Lord?
Who knows enough to give him advice or teach him?
14 Has the Lord ever needed anyone’s advice?
Does he need instruction about what is good?
Did someone teach him what is right
or show him the path of justice?
15 No, for all the nations of the world
are but a drop in the bucket.
In this journey we call life, we all have areas in which we need to grow. Some obstacles or changes may seem impossible to overcome. But if we put our trust in the God who measured the heavens with His fingers, we cannot go wrong. If we ask him for a specific area of focus, I am confident He will bring it to light.
Happy New Year my friends. What is your area of focus for 2017?