Monday, January 3, 2011

Making the Most of 2011

Lamentations 3:22,23 “It is of Jehovah's lovingkindness that we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great is thy faithfulness.”

Regardless of who you are in life, I believe there is a certain amount of appeal that all people share when it comes time to celebrate the New Year. We all have our own specifics, but the overall story is the same. The excitement surrounds the hope of being able to start anew. In our minds it is a symbolic rebirthing of sorts. A chance to right some wrongs, to press the proverbial reset button.

For some of us, it offers the chance to change parts of our self image we're uncomfortable with. Others of us will make strides to change aspects of ourselves that others are uncomfortable with. Perhaps your change is a physical one? Maybe it's a personality trait you'd like to change? Or maybe it's something more drastic like a total location make-over you'd like in 2011? No doubt, the New Year is the perfect time to make these changes. But this new year, as I examine what I would like to change about myself, one question based on one word keeps running through my mind.
That one word is Trust.
That one question is, “Are we fully trusting in God's plan?”
Lamentations 3:22,23 tells us, “It is of Jehovah's lovingkindness that we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great is thy faithfulness.”
I love these two verses because they say so much to anyone who is paying attention. First, it tells us the amount of God's love for us. But I see so much more in these verses. The fact that God's love for us is not based on the performance of a bad day, or even a succession of bad days. We all stumble and fall, and fall short of God's glory (Romans 2:23). But God wants us to return to Him in His way. We must hear the word, believe it, repent of our previous sins, confess Christ as our Lord and savior, and be baptized. However, we must also continue in the faith, and this is where some of us may have strayed.
God has a purpose for all of us. He knew our personalities before we were born (Psalms 139:13). God also tells us that He is never changing, He is always the same. His love and mercy for us will always be there for us, never fading, never growing old or worn out. As long as we are willing to repent and turn from our sins, His hands will always be there to help lift us out of our own misery.
This new year presents quite the opportunity for many of us. Perhaps some of us have put off returning back to Christ's arms because we feel shame for our numerous past sins. Maybe we've been gone for so long, that we've forgotten where to find Him. Sometimes, it may be that we simply feel like a lost cause, totally and utterly unworthy of Him. However, God says that it is never too late for a prodigal child to return back unto Him (Luke 15:11-32). Matthew 28:20 reads, “Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” To believe anything else would be a lack of trust in God's ultimate plan.
Have we strayed because of a lack of trust in God's plan? Do we have a need to be returned back unto Him? If so, God's given us another day to make our past truly our past. However, we know that we're not promised a single moment longer on this Earth, and must make every moment count when it comes to being found waiting. God has given us the perfect opportunity to do so! He's given us another day of life, and has provided the perfect spotlight to do it in. A new year, at the beginning of a new decade! May we all make 2011 the year that we grow in our relationship with God.

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