That is an fascinating time of 12 months. One 12 months has drawn to an in depth and one other opens. I used to be trying again at among the issues that I’ve written prior to now at the moment of 12 months. Often it’s upbeat with the promise of a brand new 12 months and all that may deliver for us.
December 2019 was a type of years. Not solely did we now have a brand new 12 months in entrance of us however we additionally had a brand new decade. I used to be pumped. I had plans for Nancy and me and for Superior Marriage. We have been going to rejoice 50 years of marriage on January 2, 2020. Superior Marriage was rising in methods I couldn’t have imagined. 2020 was going to be nice.
Then we had a pandemic and 2020 didn’t go the best way any of us deliberate. That cloud nonetheless hangs over us in so some ways. Marriages have struggled. It has appeared a lot simpler to be important than grateful. We’ve centered on what we don’t have greater than what we now have. We examine ourselves, our partner. and our marriage to others. We get slowed down within the adverse and see little of the optimistic. Our actuality is that the world could by no means change. In truth it might worsen in 2022.
But, we are able to change. We will shift our focus and our considering. We will deal with the optimistic and never on the adverse. We will make our listing of issues to be glad about. In Philippians 4:4-7, God tells us, “Rejoice within the Lord at all times. I’ll say it once more: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is close to. Don’t be troubled about something, however in every part, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, current your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
Learn that verse once more. Learn it time and again till it sinks in. Take into consideration this. Most Biblical students agree that Paul wrote this letter to the Philippians whereas he was in jail below home arrest in Rome. Paul knew so much about hardship. God didn’t give Paul these phrases when every part was going properly. As an alternative, He gave them when issues have been tough. I don’t know your circumstances however I do know God. His promise to Paul is His promise to us. God by no means modifications and can’t lie. He’s at all times there for us. It’s the excellent news of Christmas to take with us into this new 12 months.
This week I’m writing down every part I’m grateful for. Then I’m going to thank God for every part on the listing. I’m additionally making a listing of every part I fear about that I can do nothing about and giving all that to God. My remaining listing consists of these issues I can do one thing about after which asking God for His steerage and knowledge in every of those. Lastly I made a brand new every day guidelines for me for 2022. Right here is my guidelines:
If I persistently do these daily in 2022, it doesn’t matter what else 2022 brings. As I make these a every day behavior, God will guard my coronary heart and my thoughts. He’ll do nice issues. Guess what? He’ll do the identical for you!