January 2012

Happy New Year!

When I was a kid these words always held out so much promise and hope. The promise that the next 12 months would be different than the last 12, and the hope that I could leave behind my failures and struggles of the past and that things would go the way that I wanted and I could become the guy that I wanted to be.

That was a lot of hope to put on three words and on one moment in time, and try as I might, most of the time the new year ended up being so much like the one before it, with me having the same hopes and struggles as before. However, after submitting my life to Jesus He began making changes in me and taking me to places that I had previously only dreamed about. And the promise and hope that I desired as a kid was no longer something that was only available to me at 12 midnight on January 1st of each year, but as Lamentations 3:22 – 24 reminds us:

“Because of the Lord’s great love, we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, ‘The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for Him.’”

Another good part of living my life submitted to Jesus  is that I no longer have to make the plan for my life and then try to make it happen, but instead, I can trust Jesus and as I live for Him, seeking His plan and His will, He will guide me in the way I should go. In Jeremiah 29:11 God made an incredible promise to His people, a promise that extends to us as His people today:

“‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.’”

This promise doesn’t mean that God will make us all healthy and wealthy, but it does mean that even though we will encounter the difficulties of life, God will work for our good, giving us a hope and calling us to a future with Him.

As we begin this new year, take time each day to submit your life to Jesus, be open to who He is and all that He is doing in your life, and then join Him in the work that He desires to do in and through you!

Expecting Great Things Each Day,

                                                 Mark