Today is the last day of 2012, and for alot of us, so much has happened in these past twelve months. It's hard to believe that tomorrow begins a brand new year. Are you ready?
Some of you like to make resolutions each year. You are determined to become a better person, and set out to make a list of things that you would like to accomplish. In fact, we see alot of commercials this time of year on television telling us how we can lose those extra pounds we put on over the holidays. There are advertisements telling us how we can make more money, or find that perfect person on that popular site to meet people, etc, etc. Well... if you were that someone who made resolutions last year, how did you do? We feel we need to make improvements and make an effort. But... do we stick it out?
God isn't like us! The Bible tells us that when He creates us, He has plans for us. Plans that will prosper us, and not harm us. Plans that give us a hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11) This applies to people who are walking according to His Word, who have accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior and are making an effort to please Him.
But...what if you do know Him as Savior, but you don't feel like you have prospered this year. Maybe you have been hurt by others, or have come across hard times. Maybe you aren't feeling very hopeful right now. Maybe all your efforts to live "the good life" have let you down and you are disappointed and discouraged.
We are never to forget God's goodness or promises. In the midst of us living our lives, God is working behind the scenes, to accomplish His purposes.
He who began a good work in you will
carry it on to completion
until the day of Christ Jesus.
- Philippians 1:6
We may think we have failed in certain areas of our lives, but He has a way of turning our failures into successes! His resolution for us is that we become more Christ-like, and there is nothing that can stop Him from completing His plans. The world may offer solutions, but they are temporary in comparison to His solution.
Therefore, do not lose heart.
We are being renewed day by day.
For our light and momentary troubles
are achieving for us an eternal glory
that far outweighs them all.
So we fix our eyes not on what is seen,
but on what is unseen.
For what is seen is temporary,
but what is unseen is eternal.
- 2 Corinthians 4:16-18
So, take heart. Even if you weren't able to accomplish last year's resolutions, there is always another year to make new ones. And when you trust in the One who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life, you will always succeed! Happy New Year! And God Bless!