December 30, 2016
December 30th may not mean anything special to you but it holds a great deal of significance to me. My father passed away on this day in 1980. It also marks the anniversary of my mother’s death in 1990.
The end of each year can be rather somber if I allow the grief to become too strong. Instead, I try to focus on the good memories and the beautiful way God has led me from there to here.
Some has said that 2016 has been a rough year but it was no worse than 1980 or 1990 or any year that has impacted you.
As we venture into a new year, we’ll witness wonderful moments and heartbreaking disappointments. There will be new babies to kiss and old friends to bid farewell. Many will give their lives to Jesus this coming year but some will walk away. There will be those who begin their futures together in beautiful weddings and those who will end theirs in bitter divorces.
We will lose those we love and admire but we will not allow our heartache to steal our hope and joy.
As those around us are making grand resolutions for the entire year, let’s resolve to live life one day at a time, starting with this day. Today:
Be a servant.
Encourage God’s people.
Refuse to let your past, your pain, or your problems keep you from your mission.
Meditate on what is true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, and commendable.
Remember that you are chosen, holy, and deeply loved.
We don’t know what tomorrow will hold. What we do know is that today brings us one day closer to seeing Jesus. So chose this day whom you will serve (Joshua 24:15). Use it to glorify him, and remember, the same God who loved us so much that he sent his only son (John 3:16), can get us through any day we face.