Welcome to 2013, my friends! And what a year I BELIEVE it is going to be! What about you?!
This year, I’m making it my main intention to listen to God more and to myself less. That might sound simple, but I can guarantee it ain’t always gonna be easy, and may very well be a lot harder than I think! It’s going to take a lot more humility than I’m used to (yikes…), a lot more reliance on and trust in Him (instead of fooling myself into thinking I’m actually in control of everything…), and a lot more courage to step out the this “life boat” I’m in and into the unknown waters of TRUE life (instead of being content to play it safe…).
I have no idea what this is going to look like or how it’s going to play out. But my heart and my soul are literally screaming for me to open my eyes to WAY more of HIM while learning to let go of a lot more of ME! I’m a little nervous, though. You see, I have a love/hate relationship with the beginning of the new year. On one hand, new beginnings feel clean, fresh, and full of positive possibility. On the other hand, “new” is always accompanied by an unwelcome acquaintance – Uncertainty.
Uncertainty breeds anxiety and anxiety can quickly turn into fear. And so, before we can even begin to allow God to mold us and use us as He desires in 2013, we’re going to have to look Uncertainty straight on with courage, grace, and TRUST in the Lord, and say, “Hello, there! Don’t you look lovely this year?! I’m not going to run away from you this time. I am not shying away from you, nor will I let you drive my actions. Instead, I’m choosing to put you in the back seat and let YOU see what I can do in Him.”
Care to join me? We can do this together, if you’re willing. And unlike the child who is content to sit making mud pies because he hasn’t dared to imagine anything better, I pray 2013 brings each of us blessings beyond measure because we CHOSE to daringly IMAGINE “Possibility” this time!
“…I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” John 10:10b, NIV.
Welcome to 2013, Uncertainty. We are making it clear right now, TODAY, that we don’t fear you. We won’t get stuck making your mud pies. But if you are willing, we look forward to whipping you up into a delicious Baked Alaska instead!
Here’s to Delicious Possibilities!
Up later this week: Information on our Stringing Pearls Winter/Spring 2013 Bible Study!!!