Well, like it or not, the holidays are officially OVER! Thanksgiving, done. Christmas, behind us. New Year's Day, yep, it's past. Today is January 3rd. Of course it's not JUST January 3rd, it is my mother's birthday. Happy Birthday Mom!!!! I sure do love you and I pray for many many more birthdays for you!!!!!!!!!
Here in Missouri it is cold. Winter is truly here. The days are still short, the grass is brown, and spring is a long way away. This is the time of year that a lot of people really dread. That period of time after the holidays and before warm weather arrives. And for many people, it can be a sad, dreary time. A time of discouragement.
I want to encourage each one of you to not let this time of year overwhelm you. Because just like the holidays can bring pressure and stress, this time of year can bring its own set of emotions. God made every season. He made winter and He made the snow. He even directed the days to be shorter. So, instead of wishing these days away, use this time after the pressure of the holidays, and before those spring activities, to focus on God's will for your life this year. Last year is past. It is over. You can't go back. But this year lies before each one of us.
So today, as we experience the beginning of a new year, give God an opportunity to do a new thing in your life. Don't just SAY you're going to read the Bible more, or pray more. Make a PLAN to do those things and then stick to it. Set aside time each day to meditate on God's word. And don't just read the Bible and pray, but be obedient to His will. Don't just be a "hearer" of the Word, but a "doer" of the Word (James 1:22). You can't just KNOW what you need to do, you have to DO IT. Because NOT doing what you know you should be doing, is sin. ( James 4:17)
God has so much MORE for each one of us who want more of Him. But, in order to get more from Him, He wants more from us. As a matter of fact, He wants ALL of us. He wants our whole heart. Our whole soul. And in return, we get His love, His mercy, His peace.
He sure does love you and me. And that should make us smile even on a cold, dark day in January.
"This is the day that the Lord has made, we will rejoice and be glad in it." Psalm 118:24 So today, rejoice!