Dear faithful reader,
Happy New Year!
The thought occurred to me yesterday that already this new year, which we just rang in, is already 1% over. 99% of the year is left. 99% of the year remains for you and I to live in it. And while conventional wisdom would say that we should worry and fret as to the fact that time slips away so quickly, I would recommend a different response. Rest.
Rest and remember that it is our God who has given us any of the days that we have lived already and any of the days we have yet to live. He has given us today. So revel in the fact that the year is 1% over because each day is a gift from the Lord.
A new year can bring worry, regret from the past, and fear of what is to come. Jesus knew a bit about our tendency to worry. This is one of the reasons I appreciate Jesus’ words in Matthew 6 where He says:
If you decide for God, living a life of God-worship, it follows that you don’t fuss about what’s on the table at mealtimes or whether the clothes in your closet are in fashion. There is far more to your life than the food you put in your stomach, more to your outer appearance than the clothes you hang on your body. Look at the birds, free and unfettered, not tied down to a job description, careless in the care of God. And you count far more to him than birds.
Has anyone by fussing in front of the mirror ever gotten taller by so much as an inch? All this time and money wasted on fashion—do you think it makes that much difference? Instead of looking at the fashions, walk out into the fields and look at the wildflowers. They never primp or shop, but have you ever seen color and design quite like it? The ten best-dressed men and women in the country look shabby alongside them.
If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers—most of which are never even seen—don’t you think he’ll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you? What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’s giving. People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met (Matthew 6:25-33, The Message).
At the start of this new year, would the distinct privilege that we who put our hope in Jesus have to rely on Him for all our needs motivate us to grab 2010 by the horns, to live the life abundant and get all we can out of each day, sucking the marrow out of each God-given experience He brings us! Savor it in Him!