02 Jan “Consider”
As the New Year approaches us quickly, it’s crucial we take the time to reflect upon this past year. During this reflection period, we get to think about the decisions we’ve made, the friends we’ve made, the loved ones we’ve lost, the good times and the bad times. As we do this we are able to consider where we are, how we got here and bring closure to this year as we begin a new one.
Isaiah 1:16-18 says,
“Wash and make yourselves clean. Take your evil deeds out of my sight; stop doing wrong. Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow. “Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the Lord. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.“
Bringing in a new year can be terrifying for some people.
In this new year, I encourage you to start pressing into God and all He has in store for you! I also encourage you to let go of the things you cannot control, and focus on developing your mind, body, and soul. Philippians 4:8 instructs us to meditate on whatever things are true, noble, just, pure, lovely, of good report, virtuous and praiseworthy. If we train our minds to focus on these things, our perspective will change and we can become stronger when trials come.
There are three steps you can take that will help you throughout not only this new year, but throughout your entire life! The first step is to consider your options. Every decision you make has multiple options which lead to a variety of outcomes (good or bad). Sometimes, during the consideration of your options, you come across an option that wouldn’t be easy or convenient for you. Remember that not everything good, comes easy – but everything good is worth the struggle.
The second step is to evaluate and change your attitude. Many times we are blind to our imperfections. I encourage you to invite input, accountability, and constructive criticism. When you do this, it won’t always be easy to hear but it will definitely create an atmosphere to allow yourself to walk in humility and a deeper self-awareness.
The third step is to fix your relationships. Some relationships are better off not established (such as toxic relationships) but others, just need some buffing, mending, and reconciliation. Don’t miss the opportunity to fix a relationship that is broken or disintegrating. Be humble, seek guidance and counseling, and never be afraid to apologize, even if you dont believe it was your fault.
Pray this today: Lord, thank you for a new year, new beginnings, and the opportunity to become white as snow. Show me Lord if there is any wicked way in me and teach me to number my days. Help me walk in humility and reverence to You. Thank you for this previous year, the lessons I have learned and have yet to learn. You are a good, good Father. Amen.