Updated: May 15, 2020
"I pray that out of His glorious riches He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord's holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge - that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God." ~ Ephesians 3:16-19 (NIV)
Whenever we come to a New Year, and in this case, a new decade (although I am aware it technically begins next year,) I can't help but think of Habakkuk, write the vision and make it plain...
This year, that verse lands as particularly poignant. After all, we're approaching 2020.
I realize that many of my thoughts on this verse take it out of context, but it's still the way the words speak to me. So, I'll go ahead and share. Take it or leave it my friends, that's the way I feel we should ever be with human interpretation. For Truth, go back to Scripture, but I think it's not only okay, but necessary to interact with Yeshua-loving voices to get the wheels turning.
"Write the vision and make it plain." (KJB)
That seems to be about as clear a parallel of New Year's resolutions as any. And, what if then it is we who are the herald that may run with it?
Why not write that vision, make it plain, and then run with it out into the world?!
Much like poetry, I occasionally enjoy taking a bit of Scripture and allowing it to rattle around my brain and heart and spirit for a while to see what takes root and what blossoms. Maybe give it a try sometime? It can yield such lovely fruit.
As we bring 2019 to a close, it seems wise to look back. I believe that as children of God, we are responsible to be constantly in growth mode... to grow ever better, grow more like Him.
So, what a perfect time to look back and ask, What worked? What didn't work? What do I want to do differently? But then, to also look back and seek out the victories. Where do I see the hand of God in the past year?
Write those things down!
It is such an encouragement in wilderness times to have them as a touchpoint, such a faith-builder. I even think keeping a list, or a note/doc in your phone, or a journal, however you roll, is wise.
As things come up in life, if we write them down, it will help us remain rooted and grounded. If we don't take note when they happen, it is far too easy for them to slip through our fingers.
So, whatever comes to mind, jot it down. Then, be willing to give yourself a pat on the back with the victories.
We are co-laborers, that means some of it is on us to accomplish. The more we can encourage ourselves in the minor accomplishments, the more practice we get, suddenly the larger victories God has laid out for us won't seem so large.
Be willing to take note of, give yourself a pat on the back for, and celebrate the wins... His and yours.
Looking back gives us an education and allows us to step out informed. We are able to strategize in moving forward, to make a plan.
We wouldn't want to be the foolhardy who lack the wisdom to plan. So, plan we shall!
Get inspired by the Father, by who He created you to be, and by the path He set for you alone!
As we close out the year, I beg of you, set aside the nonsense of the comparison game that runs rampant in our culture. God did not create you to compare your day-to-day with the next person's highlight reel.
Take a beat to revel in the awesomeness of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Take a moment to acknowledge the awesomeness within, that spark that makes you uniquely you, that wonder of humanity only you inhabit, the piece of the story only you can provide.
Hold your head high! You are a child of the Creator of the heavens and the earth, there is nothing accidental about you. Launch into the roaring '20s granting yourself the grace gifted by forgiveness and mercy, knowing that when we know better, we'll do better.
I pray that as we enter this New Year, the Father would grant us 20/20 vision for the future, for the road He would have us each walk, moment-by-moment, this year and beyond. I pray that He would give us all the will to walk it out as He would have us do! Amen.
"Then the LORD answered me: 'Write down this vision and clearly inscribe it on tablets, so that a herald may run with it.'" ~ Habakkuk 2:2 (BSB)
"See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland." ~ Isaiah 43:19 (NIV)
"'For which one of you, when he wants to build a tower, does not first sit down and calculate the cost to see if he has enough to complete it? Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who observe it begin to ridicule him, saying, This man began to build and was not able to finish. Or what king, when he sets out to meet another king in battle, will not first sit down and consider whether he is strong enough with ten thousand men to encounter the one coming against him with twenty thousand? Or else, while the other is still far away, he sends a delegation and asks for terms of peace.'" ~ Luke 14:28-32 (NASB)
"But I will sing about your strength, my God, and I will celebrate because of Your love. You are my fortress, my place of protection..." ~ Psalms 59:16 (CEV)
"May He give you what your heart desires and fulfill your whole purpose." ~ Psalms 20:4 (CSB)
May the Good Lord bless you and keep you, friends... always, in all ways. Amen.
Bonus song of praise... ♥