We watched an old movie again last night. The lead character of the sci fi story was running and running in one scene. He almost ran off into oblivion, which happened to be the name of the movie. He caught himself at the last-minute standing on the brink of a hole leading downward.
And here we are on the brink of a new year. It’s hard to believe we are now about to embark on the 18th year of the new century. Time really does fly. We are always in such a hurry to live that we hardly have time to fulfill one year’s resolution before the next year arrives. We’re like the movie hero – we run and run and find ourselves on precipices of time.
I’m not any better at resolutions than anyone else, but this year I think I may have found the perfect new year’s resolution – it’s Colossians 4:2. “Devote yourselves to prayer, have an alert mind and a thankful heart.” Now this may be something worth resolving to do.
Oh beloved, this year is about to be history. You may be ready to say good-bye to it. You may want to hold on with all you’ve got. But it’s leaving anyway. As Auld Lang Syne is sung, it’s okay to get misty eyed, but don’t hold on so tightly to what was that you miss what is and what will be. You have a destiny and it’s not in the past. Mistakes, regrets, insecurities, disappointments want to stay with you like leeches in the river water. But you have been forgiven, delivered, set free and secure in the knowledge of all Christ has done for you. So let it go and embrace this new year with hope and freedom. You’re not ordained to relive every nightmare, every upset, every hardship. You’re ordained to be used of God to show the way to freedom and live in heaven’s snare. Completely captivated by the Lord, your life is full of hopefulness and courage. Don’t dwell on what you can’t do anything about. Instead dwell on what God has done for you and live with wisdom, power and love as your allies for a strong new year!
God loves you and He’s for you. Devote yourself to prayer, cultivate an alert mind and initiate thankfulness. And most of all thank the Lord that you can live a life of meaning as you walk into this new year full of His promises and power for life!
Colossians 4:2 Devote yourselves to prayer with an alert mind and a thankful heart.
Ephesians 5:2 Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ. He loved us and offered himself as a sacrifice for us, a pleasing aroma to God.
Ephesians 1:7 In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace
Colossians 1:11 We also pray that you will be strengthened with all His glorious power so you will have all the endurance and patience you need. May you be filled with joy!