As another year has come to a close, I ponder over the events of the past year and realize so much still feels undone. How did another year pass by? So, what do I do with all these mixed emotions? I have many great memories of time shared with friends and family, it has been a year full of testimonies of the goodness of God, of break through and change in many of the lives of the people closest to me. I have gained so much from new relationships and new found friends. However, in my own life, I feel I have fallen short of what was possible. I think of the things I’ve put off, put on the back shelf or just thought maybe tomorrow. There are also things that have been out of my control, which I had hoped for in this past year that unfortunately, have not yet come to pass. As I count my blessings this year what do I do with the disappointments as to avoid carrying them into the next year allowing them to contaminate my hopes for 2015? I think on ways I can improve, I make a list of what is too important to put off any longer, I prioritize my list of resolutions and I again meditate on what my hopes and dreams are. Then I determine to silence the nagging voice in my head that says, “You tried all of this before”. Ultimately, I have to place every disappointment, every unrealized dream, and every unfulfilled promise at the feet of Jesus. II must repent for the times I dropped the ball, let discouragement take root or listened to what the enemy said about me or my situation instead of what God was saying through His word or the voice of someone who cared for me. Now, that I have repented of anything that would hold me back, I ask the Lord to wash over me and cleanse me from any residue of past failures and to renew a right spirit within me so that I can fully commit 2015 to God and trust that He is in control and will direct my steps.
I say, “Lord have Your way in me this year. Guide me into Your will, Your truth, Your way and teach me what I need to know to fulfil all that you have created me for. Lord, empower me to live a life of love, hope, and faith this year as I encourage others in the same.”
Will you join me in releasing the burdens of last year and taking hold of an exciting new year? Will you be willing to risk stepping into the unknown to take hold of something greater than experienced before? For His mercies are new every morning and great is His faithfulness. I know as we press on we will obtain all that we have dreamed of.
“This I recall to my mind,
Therefore I have hope.
Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed,
Because His compassions fail not.
They are new every morning;
Great is Your faithfulness.
“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,
“Therefore I hope in Him!” Lamentation 3: 21-24