Dear COR family and friends,
By the time you read this, it will be January 7. Are you still keeping your resolutions a week into the new year? I don’t mean to sound cynical, but sometimes we see ourselves as needing so much self-improvement that we make unrealistic resolutions which are often abandoned, leaving us feeling worse than we felt before we set such lofty goals.
Last week, as some of you surely did, I came across many New Year’s related memes on Facebook. Some were silly. Some were sad. Others were hopeful and optimistic. However, there were a few which really struck a chord with me. They provided insights on the whole concept of making New Year’s resolutions. These and many others provided a lot of wisdom — so much so, that I wish I had written them myself.
Help me to do this, Lord!
Resolution: Drop my agenda. Join God’s.
Resolution: Get off my path. Get on God’s.
Resolution: Release my ambitions. Embrace God’s.
Resolution: Set aside my own will. Live God’s.
It’s only one sentence, but it speaks volumes of truth:
Our hope is not in the new year,
but in the ONE WHO MAKES ALL THINGS NEW!
And here’s the one that really hit home with me. Lord, help me to believe this and to remember it…
New Year’s is the annual festival of I’m:
• Not good enough
• Not skinny enough
• Not nice enough
• Not smart enough
It is the unholy day of the Little Law that always accuses us.
Today, and every day, hear this:
Christ is our ENOUGH.
In Christ alone, we are 100% pleasing to God.
Please don’t misunderstand me. Setting goals is good. Self-improvement is good. I encourage both. But remember, those things don’t increase our value in terms of God’s love for us and our worth in his eyes. Those things don’t secure our salvation. God loves, forgives, saves and values us not because of anything we did or didn’t do — not because we have improved a certain percentage from the person we were a year ago. No, God loves, forgives, saves and values us because of his GRACE
for the sake of Christ Jesus.
My New Year’s prayer for you is that you adopt God’s agenda, path, ambitions and will; that you trust that God makes all things (including you!) new; and that you will believe the promise that Christ is your ENOUGH!
May God’s richest blessing be yours in 2019!
In Christ’s service,