Posted: Wednesday, December 27
Verse of the day:
“Don’t put your confidence in powerful people; there is no help for you there. When they breathe their last, they return to the earth, and all their plans die with them.” (Psalms 146:3-4)
So the gifts are unwrapped and put away (or returned) and the guest have all gone home. Welcome to the holiday lull between Christmas and New Year’s. If you are a teen, you are enjoying your one week of freedom before the new semester starts. If you are an adult, you are most likely back to work impatiently awaiting another long weekend. During this time of the year, many people begin to think about the changes they want to see in the coming year. Many diet plans, exercise dream, and important life changes are born during this week of contemplation.
So, how confident are you that this coming year will actually be a New one? Or will you only see the same mistakes and missteps from the past? One of the best predictors of change is how confident we are moving into that change. If we are convinced that change can happen, we usually will have the tenacity to stick through the difficulties that will surely come.
So, where do you resolve to put your confidence in the coming year? Are you trusting the power of a personal trainer, the strength of a coach, the resolve of a new year / new you resolution, or in your own personal will power? Most of us find that no matter how powerful the people in our lives tend to be, they are not always the best place for us to put or confidence in. Maybe this year we should try something new.
So, during the holiday lull, now for the next five days (counting today!) why don’t you begin to ask God about what changes you should make in the next year? Have you ever even asked God about whether you should join that gym, do that diet plan or even set aside time for personal devotions? Maybe our confidence should be in someone that is more powerful than any powerful person. Think about it. If God wants you to be healthy, can he give you the strength to push through where past diets have failed? If God wants to spend time with you at the start of each day, don’t you think maybe he is powerful enough to get us up and help us to create new habits? The Bible tells us that God is a good father who longs to give good gifts to his children. If that is true, maybe we should end this current year by putting our trust in him and allowing his power to direct the change in our lives for the year to come.
Who knows, maybe the powerful person in your life that will help to bring about the change you are looking for is the one you always forget to ask? Start with God and maybe this will be a truly New Year.