Go to the gym. Lose ten pounds. Follow a gluten-free diet. Read my Bible every day. Spend more time with my family. Read more. Watch TV less.
It’s a terrible feeling- failing. And yet, most every year, I set myself up again for the same let down.
But then I thought about God’s Word. I remembered how His Word is living, and life-changing. That His promises are true. That God does what He says He will.
I pondered on the thought and care that God poured into the Bible. That we might know and love Him through His Word. That He, Himself, is written on the thin and crinkled pages of our Bibles – waiting each day to show us what He has done and will continue to do. It’s there – written down – accomplished.
As I think about 2012 coming to an end, I’m a little sad. I’m sure there are many of you that can’t wait for the year to end, but for me, it was a great year. I learned – really learned – a lot about myself and who I am in Christ Jesus – even more – I believe it. Christ has instilled in me, a new found confidence and hope. I believe with all my heart, that He can and will do all He says He will. It’s a little unsettling to be so bold, and yet, while I am uncertain, I am not afraid (anymore).
I want to be like that. I want to do the things I say I’m going to do. I want my word to be enough – that not only will others believe me, but that I will believe and trust myself, because I trust in the power of God.
Almost everyone views January 1st as a new beginning – a fresh start, but let us not forget that His mercies are new EVERY morning, and that we can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens us. Perhaps, instead of putting my hope in a list of “new beginnings” and “healthier living goals”, I should start with a much simpler goal…putting my hope in the One who can renew my spirit daily with time in His Word.
Thank you so much for your Word. Thank you for loving us enough, that you sent your Son, Jesus, to die for our sins, and to save us from your wrath. Lord, thank you, for your faithfulness. Please help me to be reminded that I can do all things through you – that you have already given me the self-discipline to do what I say I will. Help me to doubt myself less because I am trusting you more. I ask all of this in your holy and precious name.