New Year New Opportunities

calendarWhy do people make new goals and resolutions for the new year?

I think it has to do with our desire for things to get better!  We want to be part of something bigger than ourselves and have a sense that our work and life matter.

Sometimes I think that we like to plan for the future and make goals to have a sense that we actually have control over our lives!

When we look at how the author of the book of James talks about the future we should take a moment to reflect.  What does it mean for a follower of Christ to make plans? What does it look like to make plans without seeking what God wants?

James says it this way:

12 God is in charge of deciding human destiny. Who do you think you are to meddle in the destiny of others? 13 And now I have a word for you who brashly announce, “Today – at the latest, tomorrow – we’re off to such and such a city for the year. We’re going to start a business and make a lot of money.” 14 You don’t know the first thing about tomorrow. You’re nothing but a wisp of fog, catching a brief bit of sun before disappearing. 15 Instead, make it a habit to say, “If the Master wills it and we’re still alive, we’ll do this or that.” James 4:12-14 The Message

It is too common for those of us who live in a western society to think individualistically about our time, our money, our future and plans.  However what would this year look like for those who follow Christ if they ask first, what does God want for this year?  What would today look like if I focus on what is clearly in from to me and instead of looking far ahead I focus on what He wants me to do today.

For James finishes this section (v16-17) by saying that

16-17As it is, you are full of your grandiose selves. All such vaunting self-importance is evil. In fact, if you know the right thing to do and don’t do it, that, for you, is evil.

I can be quickly caught up in thinking that my plans are most important rather than His.  Ah my grandiose self!  For many times I would rather dream about my plans for tomorrow and not do today’s work.

Well today I’ve got to get my Christmas Tree and Decorations down!  If the Lord wills I will be spending the rest of the weekend getting ready for worship on Sunday!

Happy New Year!

 

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