Reflection Not Resolution

It’s the first day of the new year. This is the day when people make resolutions, as if at the stroke of midnight, a sudden burst of commitment and discipline has miraculously appeared.  Now, don’t get me wrong, goal setting with a touch of reality, discipline, and hope is a good thing; but statistically most resolutions lose their sparkle of motivation before the calendar hits week two.

So, on this first day of the new year, instead of resolutions, I am choosing to reflect. I am choosing to be thankful for how the Lord has carried me through the past year. I am in awe of where I am now. 365 days ago, I would have never imagined, or believed, the path He set my feet on. I am so very thankful!

The other day I was thinking about how He has carried me through some choppy waters. The last year started with uncertainty, loss, sadness, and fear. When I just wanted to pull the covers over my head, my faith was small, and my hope was nearly extinguished; He carried me.

With a grateful heart I say, “I love You, Jesus!” And then I have to say, “Thank You, Lord,” because I couldn’t even love Him unless He enabled me to do so. We love Him because He first loved us.

When Jesus was on His way to Jerusalem, He was met by ten lepers.  They stood at a distance (because they were lepers, ya know) and called out to Jesus to have mercy on them, they wanted to be healed of their leprosy. And with a word, Jesus healed ALL TEN of them!

But only one turned back to Him and thanked Him. The Bible says, one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, glorifying, and praising and honoring God with a loud voice; and he lay face downward at Jesus’ feet, thanking Him over and over. He was a Samaritan. Then Jesus asked, “Were not ten of you cleansed? Where are the other nine? Was there no one found to return and to give thanks and praise to God, except this foreigner?”

No resolutions for this year, only a prayer, that I may never take for granted the love and sacrifice of my Jesus (as if anything He has done is owed to me, or as if I have somehow earned some credit for good behavior). May I not forget where I came from, so that I can never take credit for how He has delivered me. May the rocks never cry out on my behalf! And even if I am the only one, I will turn back to Him and say thank You.

How about you? What are you thankful for?

Happy New Year, my friends. We are another day closer to His return. Keep looking up.

I don’t know where you are now, or what weight you carry on your shoulders, but I do know the One who does know. I want to share this song with you, it carried me through a rough beginning of 2022, it was a reminder to me to praise and seek Him in every circumstance of life. Stay the course, my friend, He is able to carry you through.

Be Free & Stay Free

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