As we enter a New Year, how do we handle the stresses and the challenges that we will face? They are often the same challenges that we faced at the stroke of midnight when the calendar went from 2018 to 2019. Just because the calendar year changed, doesn't mean our lives changed.
How do we handle the joys, disappointments, the ups & the downs in life?
We are instructed in 1 Peter that we are to always be ready to give an account for what we believe. But do our actions truly show what we believe?
Here are some examples and what God might say in reply:
You say: "It's impossible"
God says: "All things are possible"(Luke 18:27)
You say: "I'm too tired"
God says: "I will give you rest"(Matthew 11:28-30)
You say: "Nobody really loves me"
God says: "I love you"(John 3:16 & John 3:34)
You say: "I can't go on"
God says: "My grace is sufficient"(2 Corinthians 12:9 & Psalm 91:15)
You say: "I can't figure things out"
God says: "I will direct your steps" (Proverbs 3:5-6)
You say: "I can't do it"
God says: "You can do all things" (Philippians 4:13)
You say: "I'm not able"
God says: "I am able" (2 Corinthians 9:8)
You say: "I can't forgive myself"
God says: "I forgive you" (I John 1:9 & Romans 8:1)
You say: "I'm always worried and frustrated"
God says: "Cast all your cares on ME" (I Peter 5:7)
You say: "I feel all alone"
God says: "I will never leave you or forsake you" (Hebrews 13:5)
Remember John 3:17 says "For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him."
I heard a Christian musician once say, that when she complains about this not being her day, her dad tells her, it's not, it's the LORD's day.
Psalm 118:24 - This is the day the LORD has; We will rejoice and be glad in it.
Vicki Helmling is a teacher at Grace English Lutheran School