Happy New Year’s Eve! We are on the cusp of something great–a new beginning. A new year, a fresh start, a time to take one glance back and then turn our heads forward, peering into the blank canvas of a new year.
This past year may have been harder than others, with unexpected disappointments that still sting. Or maybe for you it was the climbing out of the valley, a mountain-top year full of ease and peace.
Either way, hopefully we have grown a little, learned from our mistakes and difficulties, found wells of gratitude to dip from, found rest in the joyful, and can now walk through 2015 with whatever it brings, stronger, wiser, and more confident in God’s purpose for our days.
When we walk through life with God, open to his calling of our time and our talents, we can live to our fullest, our happiest. We can weather the trials because we know God has much to teach us through them. They are a pruning for a flourishing that would never exist without the cutting back.
Where will we flourish this year?
How will we use our time and talents for God?
Lisa Terkeurst expresses beautifully a framework to enter this year:
“In God’s plan you have a part to play. If you know it and believe it, you’ll live it. You’ll live your life making decisions with the Best Yes as your best filter. You’ll be a grand display of God’s Word lived out. Your undistracted love will make your faith ring true. Your wisdom will help you make decisions that will still be good tomorrow. And you’ll be alive and present for all of it.” (The Best Yes, p. 6)
To be present in our life–what a great gift for ourselves and those around us–letting go of the past, not fearing the future. Just living for today, in the moment with all God has for us! Today we say goodbye to 2014, and hello to a new year~let us rejoice and be glad in it.