I admit I love Facebook…it is a source of cheer and joy and insight to me in my daily journey.
A long time ago, as a little boy, I like so many chose what I thought I would like from a very limited catalog of personal experience. Then the Sear’s Christmas Catalog came once a year to my home and I would explore so many options I had not yet seen. New toys, new ways to play. Yes, it was consumerism, but I also discovered that I lived in a small part of a very large world. Over the years, I learned to broaden my tastes and likes and exploration became a core of my life. I am still in the life-long learning phase of my life six decades later. I remember thinking that was just a part of the school system of my childhood and would pass. It did not. Curiosity became a deep wish to fulfill. What next could I learn?
Food helped me apply this quite practically. Once I disliked white rice and most anything that went with it. Then I was given a trip to the Far East courtesy of the US Navy. I learned to love food from its sources. What a delight!
More importantly, I learned that diversity of flavor enriches my life – I found people of many nations bring so much to the richness of my life that I walk around with a big smile most of the time. I do not know your life nor have I the time to deeply investigate what makes you unique…I wish I did…maybe, that is what eternity is all about. But when you share a little of who you are, I become richer. Thank you for making me a wealthy man.
There is a video linked in the title above. Go there..
it shows how the unexpected can bring joys unimaginable in the daily of our lives. Look for these joys; they are all around.
Yesterday, I started with what I have found to be vital for my own life – to not only seek God’s Kingdom over everything else, but to know His focus is on my good. The momentary feelings after enduring a hardship can cause us to wonder but over time, and with the power of hindsight, we see that:
Romans 8:28 Amplified Bible (AMP)
28 We are assured and know that God being a partner in their labor] all things work together and are [fitting into a plan] for good to and for those who love God and are called according to [His] design and purpose.
This is such good news for those of us who only see part of the story. God knows our entire life story. He has allowed us to make choices all along the way but He knows us. He wants us to grow into our full potential. Often we see the New Year portrayed as a child dressed in just a diaper, a new beginning, or as in another image, an unwritten page. We have in this New Year, a wonderful opportunity to walk into new territory, our promised land. To do so, we need to let go of the fears of the past and the fears of the future and live in the now. This is quite a challenge but God would not ask us to live this way if it were not for our best.
Isaiah 43:19 NLT New Living Translation
For I am about to do a brand-new thing. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness for my people to come home. I will create rivers for them in the desert!
Hope is the source of our motivation to go boldly into this new year. God is not only already there, He walks with us as we go…we are never alone nor without resources. Walk boldly in confidence, but with a listening ear – we are coming home..
God is speaking to us in so many ways, but on this first day of a New Year, I just want to sense that He is first. Above everything else. If I observe, I will see Him, I will hear Him, I will follow Him. I think He wants us to recognize Him first so that everything else falls into proper order. He is God of order and purpose. Genesis 2 tells us that we are given the task of subduing the earth and everything in it. He also tells us that He has a great purpose for each of us. That is enough to set our course, to give us correct motivation.
Jeremiah 29:11 Amplified Bible (AMP) –
For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome.